Palace officials unanimous not to ban TikTok in PH

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles find no enough reasons and solid cases to ban TikTok in the Philippines, similar to what India did.

Roque clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte did not and has not made any order to shutdown on any single website in the country, much to the controversial TikTok app.

“Wala pong ganun. Sa mga nagsasabi na si Presidente nanunupil ng malayang pananalita, wala pong kahit isang website na pina-ban ang Presidente,” he said.

Roque, who is a TikToker like Nograles, added that he sees no reason to ban the popular video-sharing platform.

“Wala naman tayong natatanggap na solid evidence or basis for the banning of TikTok. So, unless we are presented with solid evidence or basis for the banning of that app, then it will remain status quo,” Nograles said in an online forum.

India banned Tiktok in June over national security and privacy concerns while US President Donald Trump recently said he would follow suit. Australia also said it’s been monitoring the app.

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