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Mocha Uson to resign if Trillanes wins libel case

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The PCOO assistant secretary dares the opposition senator to pursue the case to prove he has balls

Erik Santos, manager file libel complaint vs radio host

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Together Erik Santos and manager Erickson Raymundo are seeking P24 million in damages from radio host Jobert Sucaldito

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 27, 2017

Jan 27, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

Online libel tops cybercrime cases in the Philippines for 2016

Jan 27, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The number of cybercrime complaints has increased over the past 3 years with online libel online scams and identity theft being the most common complaints

FIGHTING ONLINE CRIME. Online libel is the top cybercrime complaint in 2016, according to the Philippine National Police - Anti-Cybercrime Group.

Lawyer suspended over Vicki Belo insult: SC decision a 'paradox'

Jan 08, 2017 - 12:04 AM

Lawyer Argee Guevarra says the SC should have applied the same standards when it dismissed Imelda Marcos 1997 disciplinary case against him

'PARADOX' DECISION? Lawyer Arpee Guevarra questions what he considers a contradictory decision from the Supreme Court over his case with cosmetics surgeon Vicki Belo. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Trillanes enters 'not guilty' plea in Binay libel case

Sep 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Binay camp says they are already looking forward to the conviction of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV prompting the senator to say Kontrolado ba nila korte sa Makati?

File photo by Rappler

Blogger who lost libel suit makes first payment to Singapore PM

Mar 16, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Singapore consistently ranks highly in surveys as one of the world s least corrupt countries but rights groups say its leaders have used financially ruinous defamation suits to silence critics and political opponents

ROY NGERNG. Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng (right) speaks to reporters after his defamation trial against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, outside the Supreme Court building in Singapore, July 1, 2015. File Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Singapore blogger to pay libel damages to PM Lee over 17 years

Mar 14, 2016 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED If Roy Ngerng misses an installment he would have to pay the full amount of SGD 150 000 immediately

epa04826131 Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng speaks to reporters, after his defamation trial against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, outside the Supreme Court building in Singapore, 01 July 2015. Today marks the start of a three-day trial which seeks to award PM Lee damages after Ngerng had accused Singapore's Prime Minister of misusing savings from the Central Provident Fund (CPF). EPA/WALLACE WOON

INC: Menorca a 'fugitive,' robbed Iglesia of chance to expose lies

Mar 07, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo says the former church worker fled the country to escape libel cases and has been seen in Vietnam

IN VIETNAM? INC spokesperson Edwil Zabal speaks with a couple from Ho Chi Minh who claims they saw the Menorcas leave Manila for Vietnam. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Menorca slams 'clear pattern' in libel complaints against him

Mar 04, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The former evangelical worker says he was informed of another libel complaint against him – but maintains he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint

LIBEL COMPLAINTS. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca listens to an investigator as he read the warrant of arrest on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Judge issues arrest warrants for Neri Naig-Miranda, ex-Star Magic employee

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:34 PM

Neri Naig Miranda and Danilyn Nunga are charged with libel in relation to allegedly violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

NERI NAIG-MIRANDA. Warrants of arrest are issued for the actress and Star Magic employee Danilyn Nunga. Screengrab from Instagram/little_lulu___

Trillanes posts bail for libel case

Feb 09, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail hours after he returned from an international forum

LIBEL CASE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail for a libel case filed by Vice President Jejomar Binay

Dear Senator Sotto

Feb 05, 2016 - 9:00 PM

As a senator of the land you must be aware that disagreement with you is not tantamount to libel

Arrest warrant out for Trillanes over Binay libel case

Feb 01, 2016 - 2:06 PM

UPDATED Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed saying the Binay family cannot stop him

FOCUS ON THE ISSUE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Binay camp's 'propaganda' can only go so far. Rappler photo

Liz Uy on complaint against Fashion Pulis

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Checking your facts right is something you must do before you say you are a writer Liz says about the libel complaint against blogger Michael Sy Lim

CHR: Probe 'irregularities' in arrest of ex-INC minister

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says authorities should investigate the complaints of ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II who was arrested by plainclothes policemen last week

Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Rolando Nana negotiates with ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Menorca: I won't file charges vs Eduardo Manalo

Jan 22, 2016 - 10:22 PM

Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca II believes it is only God who can judge the executive minister of the 101 year old church

NOTHING AGAINST MANALO. Former INC minister Lowell Menorca II and his wife Jinky face members of the media on January 22 after he posted bail in relation to his two libel complaints. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca released

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:48 PM

UPDATED Hours before his release he receives a subpoena requiring him to attend a hearing on March 4 supposedly stemming from a 3rd libel case – in Cavite

LIBEL CASES. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca with Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Rolando Nana arrives at the MPD Station 5 after he was arrested because of a libel complaint filed against him. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Jinky Menorca slams husband's arrest as 'overkill'

Jan 21, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Jinky Menorca says the unexpected arrest of her husband ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II was traumatic for the family especially for her two year old daughter

APPEAL. Jinky Menorca, wife of ex-Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca II, slammed her husband's arrest as 'overkill.' Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Jinky Menorca: Husband's arrest is INC attempt to block testimony

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The former Iglesia minister was supposed to appear before the Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning before he was arrested by plainclothes policemen

Ex-INC Minister Lowell Menorca is secured by police officers led by Manila Police Director Rolando Nana (left) after he was presented a warrant of arrest for libel on Wednesday, January 20. Menorca was brought to MPD Station 5 at Luneta Park. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Menorca arrested on the way to court

Jan 20, 2016 - 12:09 PM

The arrest warrant stems from a libel case filed against Lowell Menorca in Kapatagan Lanao del Norte

UNDER ARREST. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca remains in his vehicle as he awaits Manila Police District chief Rolando Nana following an arrest warrant served by two plainclothes policemen on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras / Rappler

Prosecutor junks Napoles' libel complaint vs Rappler reporter

Jan 18, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The stories on Jeane Napoles lavish lifestyle written by Rappler s Natashya Gutierrez were neither defamatory nor malicious the Taguig prosecutor s office says

LAVISH LIFESTYLE. In 2013, Janet Lim-Napoles sued Rappler reporter Natashya Gutierrez and 6 others for their reports on the lavish lifestyle and luxurious property of her daughter, Jeane, in the US.

Celebrities support Liz Uy with #StoptheHate

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Anne Curtis and Rhian Ramos speak up about the Liz Uy s complaints against Fashion Pulis

#STOPTHEHATE. Bea Alonzo, Anne Curtis, and Bianca Gonzalez-Intal voice out their support for Liz Uy and their opinions of her complaints against Michael Sy Lim of 'Fashion Pulis.' Screengrabs from Instagram/beaalonzo/annecurtissmith/iamsuperbianca

Liz Uy files libel, slander complaint vs Fashion Pulis: 10 things to know

Nov 09, 2015 - 6:36 PM

Liz Uy her lawyer Lorna Kapunan and Michael Sy Lim of Fashion Pulis release statements on the complaints Uy is filing against the blogger

LIZ UY. The stylist files a 6 complaints of online libel and one complaint of grave slander against Michael Sy Lim of 'Fashion Pulis.' Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Stylist Liz Uy to file libel, slander complaints against Michael Lim of 'Fashion Pulis'

Nov 09, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Liz Uy is set to file libel and slander complaints against Michael Sy Lim of Fashion Pulis for two of his posts about Maine Mendoza

'FASHION PULIS.' Designer Liz Uy files an online libel and slander complaint against Michael Sy Lim following two posts on his blog 'Fashion Pulis,' about Maine Mendoza. Michael Sy Lim screengrab from Rappler, Liz Uy screengrab from Instagram/lizzzuy

Alphaland execs file libel case vs whistle-blower Ernesto Mercado

Oct 14, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Roberto Ongpin and Mario Oreta of Alphaland jointly file a libel complaint against former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado for his allegedly malicious statements

LIBELOUS? Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado faces a new libel complaint from Alphaland executives. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

AMLC officials: Binay lawsuit 'grasping at straws'

Sep 21, 2015 - 4:51 PM

The Anti Money Laundering Council says Binay was unable to prove that its report and the freeze order on his bank accounts are defamatory and malicious

'NO MALICE.' The Anti-Money Laundering Council says its report on the bank accounts of Vice President Jejomar Binay is not malicious. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

VP Binay files 2nd libel complaint vs Ernesto Mercado

Sep 18, 2015 - 5:20 PM

This series of libel complaints filed by the Vice President shows his commitment to answer and refute the accusations against him in the proper forum the VP s lawyer says

Rappler file photo by Alecs Ongcal

Binay files libel complaints vs Trillanes, Mercado

Sep 10, 2015 - 5:43 PM

Unscrupulous individuals have conspired to politically assassinate me by blatantly and publicly maligning my good name and reputation says the VP

NEW SUIT. Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) files libel cases against former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado (middle) and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right). File photos by Rappler

Trillanes to Junjun Binay: Don't be onion-skinned

Aug 13, 2015 - 2:49 PM

Trillanes asks the justice department to dismiss the libel complaint filed by Mayor Junjun Binay arguing that public officials should expect criticism of their actions

'NO MALICE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV asks the justice department to dismiss the libel case filed by suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino

‘Fashion Pulis' out on bail

Aug 12, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Michael Sy Lim’s lawyer says that his client will face the libel charges against him

'Fashion Pulis' arrested over libel charges

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:12 PM

2nd UPDATE Popular blogger Michael Sy Lim better known as the individual behind the popular Fashion Pulis blog is arrested over a blog post that revealed Deniece Cornejo s leaked medical report

'FASHION PULIS.' Power blogger Michael Lim in an interview on Rappler. Screengrab from Rappler

Binay camp challenges Trillanes to reveal sources on bribery claims

Aug 06, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV refuses to identify the reliable sources who told him about the alleged bribery of two Court of Appeals justices to favor Mayor Binay

'VALIDATION DONE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV vouches for the credibility of his sources but refuses to reveal their identities. File photo from Senate PRIB

Binay camp questions transfer to DOJ of libel suit vs Trillanes

Aug 05, 2015 - 9:17 PM

The Makati prosecutor inhibits from the libel complaint filed by the mayor against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and passes it on to the justice department

The camp of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay does not believe that the Department of Justice, helmed by Secretary Leila de Lima, will be impartial in handling their libel case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photos from Rappler

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Junjun Binay files libel case vs Trillanes for bribery claims

Apr 14, 2015 - 1:17 PM

The Makati mayor says Senator Trillanes damaging and ruinous claims were prompted by ill will and spite with no factual basis

RELIABLE SOURCES? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV links justices to bribery. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Singapore activist ordered to pay PM $22,000 in legal costs

Jan 12, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Activist Roy Ngerng will also pay thousands in damages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon after he accused Lee of the misuse of state pension funds in his blog the first such ruling in Singapore on a purely online article

#FightChildPorn! Netizens weigh in

Oct 31, 2014 - 7:45 PM

What can you do to help end the selling of sex photos and videos involving Filipino children?

Philippines to block online child porn on most devices

Oct 29, 2014 - 5:03 PM

Roughly 46 of cybercrime cases handled by the authorities are related to online child abuse while 25 are related to online extortion says Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

How Binay got away from his first graft case

Oct 18, 2014 - 10:25 AM

Betrayal by former allies is not new to the Vice President

VP Binay wins libel case vs former vice mayor

Jul 17, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Former Makati Vice Mayor Roberto Brillante is found guilty of libel and is ordered to pay over half a million pesos in damages

COURT WIN. Vice President Jejomar Binay wins a libel case he files against a former Makati vice mayor. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

What they don't tell you about the news

Jul 01, 2014 - 10:30 PM

In the past 3 years I ve learned things that no one told me before I started which I will tell you now

THE DOWNSIDES. Journalism is a lot less glamorous than most may think. Photo by Charles Salazar

‘Decriminalizing libel might increase killings’

May 20, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Senator Koko Pimentel says he fears complainants seeking to silence libelous remarks might be left with no other remedy if libel is decriminalized

PIMENTEL'S FEAR. Senator Koko Pimentel says he fears that if Congress removes the prison penalty on libel, this will lead to an increase in media killings. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

SC denies bids to review Cybercrime law ruling

Apr 22, 2014 - 4:40 PM

The SC denies the motions for reconsideration on the Cybercrime law filed by at least 5 sets of petitioners

DENIED. The Supreme Court denies bid to have the ruling on the Cybercrime law reviewed. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Cybersex, media, privacy, and the cybercrime law

Mar 04, 2014 - 4:47 PM

In this concluding part we explain key provisions that touch on cybersex online child pornography media freedom and the right to privacy

Making sense of online libel

Mar 03, 2014 - 7:01 PM

This is the 1st part of a list of questions that constitutes an explainer on the Supreme Court s decision We initially focus on online libel

Roll out red carpet for Internet users, senators told

Mar 03, 2014 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines continues to violate an international treaty on freedom of expression with its libel laws groups say

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL. The Senate committee on science and technology holds its first hearing on proposed amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Senate PRIB photo

Vhong Navarro eyes libel, perjury charges vs Roxanne Acosta

Mar 02, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Navarro s camp emphasizes that this is no laughing matter and that these accusations must be dealth with appropriately Meanwhile conflicting details on the current cases emerge

EMBATTLED. Roxanne Acosta is set to face perjury charges for her rape complaint against Vhong Navarro. Screengrab from GMA7 (Youtube)

Can't understand the jargon in the Cybercrime Law?

Mar 01, 2014 - 11:41 PM

Rappler explains the petitions filed against the Cybercrime Law and some of the terms in the Supreme Court decision

CHAINED NETIZEN. A protester demonstrates his interpretation of the effect of the Cybercrime Prevention Act in front of the Supreme Court along Padre Faura Street, Manila last October 2012. File photo by Hoang Vu