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Arroyo might veto right of reply bill

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:03:00 02/26/2009

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will veto the right to reply bill if it contains provisions that curtail freedom of the press, her spokesman said.

Deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said Arroyo, as “protector of the Constitution,” would not allow the enactment of any law that would violate press freedom.

“Of course, because the President will always protect the Constitution,” Golez told a news conference, when asked if Arroyo would veto the measure should it violate freedoms enshrined in the Charter.

“If it curtails any press freedom, then, it will never get the support of the Palace,” he said.

Media organizations are outraged over the right to reply bill, which seeks to require the publication or airing of the reply of anyone offended or who feels alluded to by an article or commentary.

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Written by joelguinto

ThuUTC2009-02-26T08:19:18+00:00UTC02bUTCThu, 26 Feb 2009 08:19:18 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am02

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  1. Arroyo should have waited the bill to arrive on her table before she gives any statement. What a shame for a president!

    batang buotan

    FriUTC2009-03-06T04:48:16+00:00UTC03bUTCFri, 06 Mar 2009 04:48:16 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am03

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