Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Duterte 'jokes' about marijuana use

Duterte 'jokes' about marijuana use

The formal accusations bring with them a potential 10-year prison term under Philippines tax law.

The statement that marijuana could keep one awake also was illogical, Panelo said. "You violate tax laws and then you'll be prosecuted", he said. She posted 60,000 pesos ($1500) bail, following several hours of questioning, and returned to work. As we said, we can hardly cope with this man, he's always working. "They (the charges) are politically motivated and. they are manufactured", she told journalists outside court.

"I've long run out of synonyms for the word 'ridiculous.' The basis of this case is that Rappler is classified as a dealer in securities". "Maybe I have come to get used to it in a way", Poe told ABS-CBN News.

From calling a reporter in the USA a "son of a whore" in 2016, to kissing a married woman on stage during a political speech, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seems to beat US President Donald Trump in being politically incorrect.

On Sunday evening, Ms. Ressa landed in Manila anxious she could be arrested at the airport.

Duterte has also attacked other media outfits that criticise him, including top newspaper, The Philippine Daily Inquirer and major broadcaster ABS-CBN, threatening to also go after their owners over alleged unpaid taxes. "There is a disconnect between what the president admitted to do and what the president said he will do to those who use drugs", Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher with the New York-based Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.

"This is not surprising behavior by the administration but is nonetheless abominable", he said in a statement.

"It's a question of tax evasion".

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"It's too late to change", he concluded, adding, "If you believe it, you are stupid".

"We have repeatedly said that we never and will never interfere with the function of the judiciary as well as the other branch". He added, "Everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence and that includes everybody including Ms. Ressa".

He said he had to rise early and attend a flurry of sessions during the summit.

Duterte had already banned a Rappler reporter from his news briefings after the government's corporate watchdog found that the organization violated a constitutional prohibition on foreign ownership when it received money from an global investment firm.

The case would have ended there, but the government said she failed to properly pay taxes on the sale or transfer of the PDRs.

At the time, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called the charges a "direct assault on freedom of the press". That figure is the official police count, however, and opposition lawmakers and rights groups estimate the true death toll could be in the tens of thousands.

This is not the first swipe against Rappler.

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