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Philippines Scholar and Activist Walden Bello Arrested on “Cyber Libel” Charges

HeadlineAug 09, 2022

In the Philippines, police arrested former vice-presidential candidate, scholar and activist Walden Bello on cyber libel charges. He’s since been released after he posted bail. Last year, ahead of the presidential election in the Philippines, a member of Vice President Sara Duterte’s campaign, Jefry Tupas, filed a cyber libel complaint against Bello over statements he allegedly made about Tupas on social media. Sara Duterte is the daughter of former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose government has been accused of severe human rights violations and repression against critics and journalists. On Twitter, Walden Bello wrote, “These people are mistaken if they think they can silence me and suppress my exercise of free speech.”

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