*Taiwan says Filipina caregiver has freedom of speech to criticize Duterte- Taiwan News.
*Even Taiwanese practice the same freedom of speech to criticize Duterte:
WATCH: Duterte depicted as 'clown’ by Taiwanese animators
Taiwan says Filipina caregiver has freedom of speech to criticize Duterte
Taiwan rejects Philippine request to deport OFW for criticizing Duterte on basis of freedom of speech.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to a request by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to deport a Filipina caregiver for criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday (April 27) rebuffed the request and said that she has the right to freedom of speech.
On Saturday (April 25), Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag announced that a Filipina working as a caregiver in Taiwan's Yunlin County would be deported for "the crime of cyber libel for [her] willful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte on Facebook," reported Rappler. Macauyag said that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) had coordinated with the woman's broker and employer to arrange for her deportation for violating Act No. 10175, commonly referred to as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
That same day, Migrante International came to her defense, denouncing what it described as harassment of the woman by DOLE and POLO. The organization criticized both DOLE and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office for "bootlicking" Duterte while ignoring the pleas of thousands of "distressed, abused, stranded, and neglected OFWs needing to be rescued and assisted."
MOFA on Monday stated that "Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country where foreign workers enjoy 'citizen treatment,' and their rights and interests are protected by relevant laws and regulations, including freedom of speech, which should be respected by governments of all countries," reported UDN. It added that "no person or institution, in this case, has the right to pressure her, her employer, or broker, nor shall she be deported without consultations held between both governments."
The woman, who goes by the Facebook handle Linn Silawan, recently posted a three-minute video on the social media platform in which she complained about the harsh measures imposed by Duterte's government during its lockdown to contain the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. She questioned whether Duterte had thought through the consequences of the government interventions, saying Filipinos "would not die from the virus but from hunger," reported the Inquirer.
She complained about families being unable to receive remittances and urged authorities “not to be too loyal to the President.” She called on them to think of the welfare of their children and families and to not "just think about the orders of the President."
If she is found guilty of violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act, she could face a prison sentence of up to six months or a fine as high as 250,000 pesos, according to Macauyag.
A representative from MECO told Taiwan News that it had not received any instructions from the Philippine government on having the woman deported.
Even Taiwanese practice the same freedom of speech to criticize Duterte:
WATCH: Duterte depicted as clown, ‘moron’ by Taiwanese animators
TAIWANESE animators have depicted President Rodrigo Duterte not as a hero as his supporters perceive him to be, but as a murderer clown that pleases superpowers like China and Russia.
In a viral video, Duterte, as a clown, was seen leading the killings of drug suspects on the streets, alluding to his administration’s bloody war on drugs.
“Duterte comes from humble beginnings as a mayor who ordered liquidation squads to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead,” a translation of the narration read.
“After finagling his way into the presidency, he’s taken his executions nationwide with his antidrug campaign, which has left more than 3,000 suspected drug users and dealers dead since taking over in June,” it added.
The video also poked fun on Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis and his profanity-laced remarks against its longtime ally, the United States, and the United Nations for raising the issue of extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses amid the government’s antidrug campaign.
It also assailed Duterte’s seemingly softening stance toward China amid a maritime dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. The President also said he was considering purchasing new arms from China and Russia.
“Duterte likes to talk tough but he carries a little stick. His mouth has been writing checks his country can’t cash. This moron thinks his allies are his enemies, and that he can trust countries like China and Russia. And now he wants their weapons. Sucking up to China will totally make them share the South China Sea,” the narration read.
The video tagged Duterte as a “wannabe” of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Someone needs to just take this Kim Jong Un wannabe out and soon, before he really does some irreparable damage to the Philippines. Maybe it’s time he gets a little taste of his own medicine,” it added.
As of writing, the video, which was first uploaded on the Taiwanese Animators YouTube channel, has garnered more than 31,000 views