Could the Philippine Daily Inquirer be charged for inciting sedition?

See what I just did here? That is the same thing the Inquirer is doing in its 1st October 2016 front page. “Heil Digong?” is splashed in big bold print. But read the actual article and you will find the small clarification on the matter (italics mine for emphasis): “Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler…” The front page also included a photo, evidently unrelated to the actual event where the supposedly offensive likening was made. The photo depicting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and what seem to be members of the military doing the Duterte fist salute was clearly meant to create a connection with the Nazi salute in readers’ minds.

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So is Duterte to the Philippines as Hitler was to Nazi Germany? The more interesting question is, is the Inquirer guilty of sedition on account of the way it laid out its Saturday front page? It could be argued that the Inquirer could be guilty of inciting sedition. According to Article 142 of the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code…

The penalty of prision correctional in its maximum period and a fine not exceeding 2,000 pesos shall be imposed upon any person who, without taking any direct part in the crime of sedition, should incite others to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition, by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners, or other representations tending to the same end, or upon any person or persons who shall utter seditious words or speeches, write, publish, or circulate scurrilous libels against the Republic of the Philippines or any of the duly constituted authorities thereof, or which tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or which tend to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the Government, or who shall knowingly conceal such evil practices.

Being a newspaper, the Inquirer should be reporting facts. There seems to be no fact in its Saturday front page. What it does have is a mere question seemingly meant to incite a certain sentiment in its readers for the current administration. Suffice to say, there is lots of debate on whether or not Duterte really “likened” himself to the Führer. A commenter on Get Real Post, for his part, wrote that he is quite certain that Duterte did not say anything wrong.

By the same token, perhaps finding the editors of the Inquirer guilty of inciting sedition under Philippine Law may be a long shot. But a headline such as what I used above could, in the same way, have the effect of convincing our readers that the Inquirer actually is doing just that.

Tit for tat, right?

Trouble is Get Real Post ain’t a newspaper. Our writers aren’t journalists. And we never claim to be anything more than a bunch of Netizens begging to differ in opinion. We earn our readers’ trust on the back of the skill we apply to our work. That’s on us — and it is on us day in and day out as we pump out content.

The Inquirer, on the other hand, insists that it is a newspaper. It also claims that its writers are “journalists”. In fairness to them, that is their prerogative — to plead credentials when their integrity is challenged. However, to be a newspaper and to be a journalist makes one subject to certain standards. Clearly, the Inquirer, in its Saturday, the 1st of October 2016, edition did not meet those standards. In so doing, it is now up to our readers to decide: Is the Inquirer guilty of sedition?

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mrericx
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Dear DOJ Secretary Aguirre, please sue & investigate Inquirer for their sedition act against our president. I have a feeling that Inquirer is controlled by the Liberal Party & that political party is a mastermind of a coup plot against President Digong.

protacio
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But if President Duterte didn’t mention anything about Hitler then all of this could have been avoided. Its like giving your enemies weapons to strike against you. And those remarks by Duterte are not even relevant to issue on illegal drugs.

Mench
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If nobody called him as the cousin of Hitler? This should be avoided? Who mentioned the name Hitler in the first place? Duterte? Or the critics?

protacio
Guest

If someone really called him cousin of Hitler I didn’t even know it which means it was not given importance in the news until the President made mention of Hitler. Naturally anything that Duterte says will be given prominence in the media. He should just have ignored it or let his media people answer it but NOT him. Am sure if he didn’t mention Hitler there would have been no adverse reactions, local or foreign. And his detractors could not have used it to attack him.

Baylee
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He was first called “cousin of Hitler” before Duterte replied in contrast to the statement. Get it right.

joeld
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Inquirer is nothing else than a tabloid newspaper in broadsheet form. Sue Inquirer for what it’s worth.

Also goes the same for other bias media, written and otherwise.

Corabel
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The Phil Daily Inquirer like most print media, if not all, is fighting for its own survival. Only very few people now a days buy newspapers. I used to buy all newspapers myself, but not anymore. I get my news from the internet. So, PDI “journalists” enjoy your last remaining days..make money any way you can, soon, you will just be “history”..sooner than you expect because of your own undoing.

Anton Tan
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“Own doing” tagalog nakang kasi.!

Rex Imperial
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Insulting someone for their spelling, how low can you get?

ManFromDuwang
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@NoToFaggotry:

As expected from a Yellowtard – all personal attacks and no substance.

Set your priorities for once, faggot. 🙂

Mench
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Magtagalog, magbisaya or mag english. He will still be misunderstood. And I don’t think that’s the main problem. The main problem is the source of problem (critics who called him as the cousin of Hitler )

domo
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Yeah right like every single Filipino can speak Filipi…este Tagalog.

angelitobernardo
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own doing; own undoing…. hayaan na natin…. para lang ung NAKANG (nakang)mo sir, at nalang …. naintindihan nmin ung ibig mong sabihin…. ang importante ay the message or view one wishes to impart….

Bluefad
Guest

Witness fingering Delima was good though. They need to make more headlines like that.

jim Monia
Guest

That’s Manila Standard headline, man.

a yellow tard
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hitler and president du30 are two different personality. hitler against jewish nationals, and du30 against crimes. how could they compare the two as one? the daily inquirer just want to know how much more yellow supporters are there. then, they might call for a revolt against president du30. whatever they say about president du30 people won’t believed they want a change, so, HEIL DIGONG!

Bluefad
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Yeah, we should consider all yellow supporters as drug syndicate symphatizers. We need to eradicate them by gassing and combustion.

NoToRevisionism
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Wow, kailan ka pa naging abogado Benigno? Wala ng sedition sa Pilipinas tang*** ka! Hahahahaha. Ngayon mo lang nalaman yan ‘no? Aral ka kasi hindi puro satsat ka diyan ina mo. Hahahaha

Dick S. O'Rosary
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Haha. Sedition is still existing under our laws. Are you one of those people who think that using drugs isn’t a crime? Ikaw dapat ang mag-aral. The Revised Penal Code has been in continuous use since 1935. And I need to remind you of Article 3 of the New Civil Code which states that:

“Art. 3. Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith.”

Clearly, our legal system does not limit knowledge of the law to lawyers alone. It is for all of us to know. I advise you to cure your ignorance.

yea right
Guest

pre, tagalogin mo. di niya maiintindihan yan.

juan
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@NoToRevisionism

Hahaha tangina mo.. Bobo ka, taga ateneo bobo..

Walang alam kundi martial law.. Mga buset..

Mench
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Sedition Law of 1901 or Act No. 292, prohibited any Filipino from advocating Philippine independence or its separation from the United States. Enacted by the Philippine Commission headed by William Howard Taft, on November 4, 1901, the Sedition Law of 1901 declared unlawful any peaceful or overt means such as speech, printing, publication and circulation of any material that encourages the Filipinos to fight against the American colonial rule in the Philippines. This law imposed death penalty or a long imprisonment on many Filipino nationalist leaders. A number of plays written by Filipinos during this period were classified as “seditious… Read more »
Mench
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Sedisyon Batas ng 1901 o Act No. 292, ipinagbabawal ang anumang mga Pilipino mula sa nagsusulong ng Philippine pagsasarili o paghihiwalay nito mula sa Estados Unidos. Pinagtibay ng mga Philippine Commission buhok sa pamamagitan ng William Howard Taft, sa Nobyembre 4, 1901, ang Batas sa sedisyon ng 1901 ipinahayag labag sa batas ang anumang mapayapang o pantao paraan tulad ng mga salita, pag-print, publikasyon at sirkulasyon ng anumang materyal na humihikayat sa mga Pilipino upang labanan laban sa mga Amerikanong kolonyal na panuntunan sa Pilipinas. Ang batas na ipinataw parusang kamatayan o ng mahabang pagkabilanggo sa maraming Pilipino makabayan lider.… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
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@Mench. Repealed na ang Sedition Law of 1901. Ipinalit na ng Revised Penal Code (Act. No. 3815).

ManFromDuwang
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@NoToFaggotry:

The very reason you’re saying those things is because you’re an actual TROLL. What do I expect from someone who had squatter mentality?

GTFO because this site is not for immature faggots like yourself.

domo
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Hoy inutil na nangangamatis ang pwet. Hindi ako piloto at hindi ako marunong magpalipad ng tunay na eroplano pero may mga alam pa rin ako tungkol sa mundo ng aviation mula sa pagiging maaliw ko sa industriyang iyan. Kaya ano ngayon kung hindi abogado si benign0? Wala syang karapatan na banggitin iyang batas para malaman kung ano ang obvious? Kumain ka nga ng sabon tanga.

NoToRevisionism
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Oh naalala ko yung article mo Benigno:

http://www.getrealphilippines.com/blog/2010/12/justin-bieber-and-the-reason-filipinos-kiss-chinese-ass/

Yan ang ginagawa ngayon ng amo mong si Digong diba? Bwahahaha! Kiss Chinese ass ka na rin ngayon Benigno???

Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Sorry if I have to reply to you once again, it can’t be helped since you are everywhere. Anyway, the reasons stated why we “kiss Chinese ass” in that article are:

China derives its power over sad nations such as ours from three key capabilities:
(1) The capability to manufacture what we want on the cheap.
(2) The capability to kick our asses if we do not do what they want us to do.
(3) The capability to buy our exports.

I don’t think things have changed. We still kiss Chinese ass.

ManFromDuwang
Guest

Honestly, fag, all you have is personal attacks and no substance.

Is that what Yellowtards are? I’m serious…

Mench
Guest
The China–Philippines relations (Chinese: 中菲关系; pinyin: Zhōng fēi guānxì; Filipino: Ugnayang Tsina at Pilipinas) refers to the bilateral relations between the China and the Philippines. Relations between the two countries gradually improved over the years since the initiative of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. However, relations between the two countries have suffered due to the worsening South China Sea dispute. Several major bilateral agreements were signed between the two countries over the years, such as: Joint Trade Agreement (1975); Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement (1978); Postal Agreement (1978); Air Services Agreement (1979); Visiting Forces Agreement (1999); Cultural Agreement (1979); Investment Promotion… Read more »
Mench
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Prior to the 1970s, the Philippines government maintained a close relationship with the Kuomintang-ruled Taiwan (Republic of China), and saw China (People’s Republic of China) as a security threat.[2] It began considering normalizing relations with China at the start of the 1970s; the two countries established diplomatic relations on 9 June 1975 with the signing of the Joint Communiqué by leaders of the two countries. Over the 34 years, China–Philippines relations in general have attained a smooth development, and also remarkable achievements in all areas of bilateral cooperation. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, there has been frequent exchange of… Read more »
domo
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What’s the matter twatenean? Are you still insisting that Uncle Sam will still help us against china? Well ding dong! USA’s trillion $’s of loan from china says hi!

gnogid
Guest

Is the Inquirer guilty of sedition?

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555Hyden007Toro999.99999
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555Hyden007Toro999.99999

@ Pro Pinoy Website Blogger, G. Nuguid alyas “gnogid”:

You are guilty of sedition, because you are pretending to be a legitimate blogger. In truth, you are a YellowTard, paid by Aquino and Mar Roxas !

David
Guest

@Hayden,

In truth, you are a YellowTard, paid by Aquino and Mar Roxas !—Hayden”

I second that.

222Toro007Hyden7897.999
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222Toro007Hyden7897.999

@ Pro Pinoy’s Cocoy alyas “David:

You are the “tsu tsu wa” of G. Nuguid…Your name in the Pro Pinoy Website is : Cocoy. Now that website is closed. Both of you came here at GRP. Hoping you can convince , GRP readers you are not YellowTards. GRP Blog readers are very much wiser, than the Pro Pinoy Website readers.

Anyway, there were only few readers in your Pro Pinoy Website…this is the reason they closed it ! “Linalangaw ang Website nila !”

René Arnold Lüber
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Ghostrider Zamboanga City,
The Inquirer is clear guilty, because you can not put Our President Rodrigo Duterte to the same Image then the Nazi Dictator
Adolf Hitler !
Because Our President is cleaning only our Country from this most Criminal Family Cartel, this Imagine Drug Syndicate, but he’s go not in any other Country’s to kill Millions of People.
Clear Guilty !!! No Sedition, Bitay !!!
Together with the Goldbar Steelers, othervice the Syndicate can never be stopped. !!!
Ghostrider Zamboanga City

543Toro007Hyden9999.9999
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543Toro007Hyden9999.9999

Forget that sedition charges…The Inquirer Magazine is one of those Propaganda Media Machine of the Conjuangco Aquino political Machine.

They will demonize the political enemies of the Cojuangco Aquino Axis of Evil. Same as the ABS CBN TV network…or other media networks …

These Media networks are already obsolete, in this Age of Information Technology.

If you are an ignorant person, who have not used any : computer, IPOD, IPAD or ANDROID. then, your will swallow the propaganda of these evil politicians.

Luckily, the millennials are now wiser,and more equipped to see the truth, than the previous generation, like the ‘Baby Boomers”…

Robert Haighton
Member

I wonder how this will look like.

A newspaper sentenced to a jail term and having to pay P2000. I am sure PDI will go bankrupt next.

Chocolate
Guest

Hmmm the Enquirer News Magazine has been long time gone from my favorite read list years ago…and now I know why ….i don’t have to explain why but I just lost interest …yes it is like a tabloid !

Alexandria
Guest

Who cares what news/headlines the Inquirer writes? The last time I heard, the newspapers are making Sari-sari store owners handy. Pambalot nalang yan ng tuyo ngayon.

Doodieman
Guest

Ang kalidad ng Inquirer ay pabagsak ng pabagsak mula sa pinakamataas.. at ito’y unti-unting nagiging TAE…

Snare_Yellow
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“Journalists” with an agenda, and a proposition to peddle along the masses. This is nothing new. It is called Yellow journalism (nothing to do with the Liberal Party official colors of course), but this form of journalism was pioneered by the likes of William Randolph Hearst (the man who ran Hearst Publications and who produced a newspaper back then during the Spanish-American War that drummed up the war fever and incited Americans to do just that: initiate and conduct war against the Spanish)… When the supposed “watchdogs of society” incite the populace to rebel and conduct black propaganda against the… Read more »
gnogid
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To a political partisan, the suspicion that some journalists have an agenda is strong. But the truth of the matter is ALL journalists have an ‘agenda’. Now how such ‘agenda’ will affect your thinking will defend on your own ‘agenda’. Next is how you will conduct yourself in terms of reacting favorably or otherwise to the ‘agenda’. 👨

In short, calm down people, it’s normal. 👴

555Hyden007Toro9999.999
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555Hyden007Toro9999.999

@ Pro Pinoy blogger G. Nuguid alyas “gnogid:

You have a bad agenda…that is, to promote , “YellowTardism” in this GRP website. You defend these corrupt people, like: Aquino, Mar Roxas, De Lima, etc…

You spin blogs, at your advantage. You troll bloggers in this GRP website. I am sure you are paid by Aquino with my taxes !

Baylee
Guest

Gnogid, maybe you should compose your screwed up brain first before giving us anymore patronizing advice.

gnogid
Guest

Baylee, just stick to the topic. There’s a chance might win there. 😊

d_forsaken
Guest

Local Failipino media relate giving to reciprocity. They expect things to be expressed in a way they can understand, which is usually their own.

gnogid
Guest
I don’t know how we can seriously connect a campaign sign or symbol (fist) to a Nazi salute and succeed in pushing for a seditious act. It’s obvious the picture was put there to emphasize the title (Heil) and capture what the idea of the story was which is Duterte making an analogy about him and Hitler. The front page picture of Duterte making a fist symbol was done for photo-ops at some point and was merely linked on the Hitler controversy. It would take a lot of twisting to convince that a sedition case is warranted merely based on… Read more »
Mench
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Binondo, the oldest chinatown in the world and an important business center in Manila Bilateral trade volume in 2007 was 30.62 billion USD. From January to October 2008, bilateral trade volume reached 25.3 billion USD, an increase of 1.4% as compared with the same period last year. By the end of September 2008, the actually utilized value of accumulative investment from the Philippines to China reached 2.5 billion USD. China’s transformation into a major economic power in the 21st century has led to an increase of foreign investments in the bamboo network, a network of overseas Chinese businesses operating in… Read more »
The RETURN of GERRY
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SEDITION ? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT….it would be more like suppression of the ‘FREEDOM OF THE PRESS’. To suggest and then implement such a policy would just prove that Duterte is aiming for the supression of the Pinoy’s CIVIL (NOT HUMAN) RIGHTS. The Davao Death Squads, murdering Filipino’s allegedly involved in street level drug dealing without ‘DUE PROCESS’ of the law. LOL, This is just the begining….it just may very well be that Duterte’s aim is to take away the ‘CIVIL(not HUMAN) RIGHTS’ the Philippine Constitution guarantees ALL citizens,eh? The removal of the Presss Freedoms will be a disaster for… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Those people doing the killing are rogue cops and drug lords trying to destroy evidence. There is no nationwide DDS. They are only doing killing their underlings now because Duterte is rocking the boat, so to speak.

Besides, the author admitted that a case for sedition is already a long shot.

THE RETURN OF GERRY
Guest

@DICK, Lol, look DICK THE MURDERS are being committed by all citizens that have big enough balls to do so. I did not say there was a ‘NATIONWIDE’ DDS’ , but there could be and no one would be the wiser.

Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Hahaha. Your theory is simply INCREDIBLE, in the original sense of the word.

THE RETURN OF GERRY
Guest

@ DICK , You have NOTHING AS USUAL in terms of elucidating a comeback. Duterte openly asked filipino’s to kill fellow filipino’s and offered as a reward, a worthless medal. LOL, even paid HITMEN can make p50,000 TO MURDER SOMEONE. and Duterte wants Filipino’s TO MURDER each other for FREE, THE CHEEP SCUMBAG !

Baylee
Guest

Another ignoramus. Peter Wallace says it better when he analyzed on Duterte’s mannerisms, “What he says is not what he’s really thinking.” He’s defended that Duterte’s passionate unfiltered criticisms aren’t necessarily declarations of policy and if it’s officially in place, it would find its way on institutional level, and so far, it hasn’t come to that.

Concerned_OFW
Guest
Frankly, I have not read the Inquirer for a very long time since I work overseas. I recall that it had a tendency to sensationalize stories. But I was really surprised when I saw that front page and thought that they have sunk so low as a newspaper. Lets be clear that they exist to make money, and not for noble reasons of truth and journalism. I understand that “shocking” headlines bring in the money. However, the medium holds a responsibility of representing news in an unbiased fashion. Leave the opinion in the editorial sections. How to stop this “newspaper”?… Read more »
gnogid
Guest

How to stop this “newspaper”? Buy one. Look at all the advertisements. Write to the companies, telling them that you will stop patronizing their product or service unless they sever ties with the Inquirer. If a few do this, they just might listen. Hit them where it hurts – cut off the advertisement money.

I think that would be setting a bad precedent. 😧

Pallacertus
Guest

Normal considerations for a free and critical press won’t move you guys, so let’s try another tack:

I remember when GRP all but wanted Noynoy to step down at various points during his administration. You’re still here.

The Inquirer’s headline was odiously biased, but please don’t take the high road when you’re hardly fit for it.

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