Nagkaisa expresses its alarm over the widening witch-hunt now being conducted by the NBI against critics of the government.
While the Sec 6 (f) of the Bayanihan to Heal as One appears to empower the government to go after those peddling “false information on Covid-19 crisis,” applying it to all those exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression is completely unacceptable and must immediately stop.
We also believe the government should welcome criticisms to immediately know its lapses and weakness so remedial measures can be adopted. As such, government should stop wasting time and energy, not to mention political capital, in shutting down its critics.
We would rather like to see the government spend all its time and energy to do the right thing - work to end the pandemic.