Rappler CEO releases confidential transcript of Trump-Duterte call, netizen says she's a criminal

Rappler CEO and journalist Maria Ressa defends herself after netizens showered a lot of criticisms to her when her online publication brought out the confidential transcript of the phone conversation between United States President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

In her Facebook account, Ressa published a post defending herself saying the transcript is available in the Intercept and other online sources.

Ressa added it is time to think because the transcript show that the two presidents said something privately that differ from their public positions.

"This is about accountability for those who hold vast power. This is about what journalism is: protecting the people we serve," said Ressa.

On the other hand, Rj Nieto of Thinking Pinoy slammed Ressa that what she did isn't exempted from the Philippine Law.

Nieto emphasized that Ressa helped a foreign entity in leaking classified documents regardless of her true motive.

"Yes Miss Ressa, you are a criminal who has threatened National Security for the sake of whatever convoluted principles you claim to uphold," said Nieto.

Nieto also gave advice to Ressa to stop whining and seek for a lawyer to help her.

"Maria, I suggest that you spend less whining and more time consulting the best lawyer your American financiers can afford, because you may soon say good bye to your posh Estancia office space and say hello to your new friends at Sigue Sigue Sputnik," Nieto added.

The said transcript was published last April 29 which contains the congratulatory message of Trump to Duterte for his successful war on drugs