The Philippines government has accepted Taiwan’s decision to not deport Linn Silawan, a Filipina caregiver accused of spreading “fake news”, reports Al Jazeera.
Back in April 25th, the Philippine Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag said that Silawan, who was working in Taiwan’s Yunlin County, must be deported for “the crime of cyberlibel for the willful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte on Facebook.”
The video in question was Silawan’s 3-minute long rant about President Rodrigo Duterte mishandling the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines. She criticized Duterte for strict measures that could lead to mass deaths of Filipino citizens — “[not from] the virus but from hunger.”
She also urged her country’s authorities to “not be loyal” to Duterte.
The Philippine authorities accused Silwan of violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which can lead to either six months in prison or up 250,000 pesos ($5,000) fine.
But Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry responded by saying that the migrant worker did not break any laws, and she is protected by the Taiwanese democracy, just like the country’s citizens. They stressed that she had the right to freedom of speech and refused to hand her over to the Philippine government.
On April 30th the Philippines finally accepted Taiwan’s decision, saying that it was “respected”.