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Actress Keanna Reeves arrested over cyber libel charges

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Her bail is set at P20,000

ARRESTED. The former actress is arrested over cyber libel charges. Photo courtesy of the PNP

DOJ says no malice in tagging Garin in Dengvaxia ‘mafia,’ junks libel complaint

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The justice department said that the accusers are acting ‘out of the sense of justice’ in tagging Garin in a DOH ‘mafia involved in plundering public funds’

NO BASIS FOR LIBEL. The Department of Justice junks the libel complaints filed by former health secretary Janette Garin against health officials who made statements against her. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawyer says text messages in Gretchen Fullido complaint taken out of context

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Lawyer Evalyn Ursua says the story behind Fullido's 'baseless charge of sexual harassment' is a complex one, and involves 'personal, professional, and political matters'

'BASELESS.' Lawyer Evalyn Ursua defends her clients against a sexual harassment complaint filed by reporter Gretchen Fullido. Rappler screenshot

Ces Drilon says Gretchen Fullido's allegations against her 'unthinkable'

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:02 PM

'As a victim of sexual harassment once before, it is unthinkable for me to say what Gretchen Fullido alleges I did,' the ABS-CBN executive says

CES DRILON. The ABS-CBN executive faces libel complaints from reporter Gretchen Fullido. Screenshot from Instagram.com/cesdrilon

Gretchen Fullido files sexual harassment, libel complaints against ABS-CBN execs

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The entertainment reporter accuses two executives of sending her text messages with sexual innuendos and requesting sexual favors

GRETCHEN FULLIDO. The entertainment reporter, pictured here at the 2014 Star Magic Ball, files criminal cases against her colleagues at ABS–CBN. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Paolo Duterte files second libel complaint vs Trillanes

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:40 PM

In a span of two weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son files two libel complaints against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Trillanes to question Davao City fiscal's jurisdiction over libel complaints

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'Apparently, gustong magkaroon ng home court advantage sa Davao City, so it should not be allowed,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's lawyer Rey Robles

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV presents his lawyers which includes former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes: Libel complaint filed by Paolo Duterte 'clearly harassment'

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Even with the threat of arrest due to his amnesty revocation, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he will appear before the Davao City prosecutor if needed

CASE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV answers the question of the press regarding the subpoena issued by the Davao City Prosecutor's office on September 18, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Cases, complaints filed vs Trillanes under Duterte administration

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:33 PM

In a nutshell, all cases and complaints are filed by Duterte-allied lawyers and the President's family members

LIST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has a list of cases filed against him under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio file libel complaints vs Trillanes

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The complaints of former vice mayor Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law Manases Carpio stem from the opposition senator's claim that they extorted money from firms regulated by the LTFRB

Trump suggests libel laws be changed after bombshell book

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:46 PM

'Isn't it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost,' Trump tweets

CHANGING US LIBEL LAWS? US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  File Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Inquirer editor posts bail for Cebu cyber libel complaint

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:16 PM

A Cebu court issued the arrest warrant against Abelardo Ulanday, who paid a P30,000-bail for his release

SURRENDERED. Inquirer.net editor-in-chief and Cebu Daily News publisher Abelardo Ulanday. Photo from Cebu Daily News

Court junks libel case filed by Chavit Singson vs 'Newsbreak 5'

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Judge Corpus Alzate of Vigan City cites the right of the accused, composed of Newsbreak editors and writers, to a 'speedy trial' in the 11-year-old case

CASE DISMISSED. A Vigan City court dismisses a 2006 libel case filed against then Newsbreak editor in chief Marites Dañguilan Vitug (in photo), along with other editors and writers of Newsbreak, over a Newsbreak special report on then Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida: I'll file charges against those maligning, libeling me

May 31, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the allegation that he engaged in an extra-marital affair is a 'big fat lie'

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mon Tulfo, Inquirer editors detained after INC libel case prospers

May 28, 2018 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) Ramon Tulfo, Jose Ma. Nolasco, Rosario Garcellano, and Pergentino Bandayrel Jr pay their bail bonds and have their mug shots taken at the Makati Police station

DETAINED. Ramon Tulfo and Inquirer editors' biometrics are taken by Makati cops. Photo from Ramon Tulfo's Facebook page

Ellen Adarna silent on 'paparazzi' case

May 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The actress has yet to react to the case filed against her. Instead, she posts a video of her giving John Lloyd Cruz a trim.

NO COMMENT. Instead of issuing anything on the supposed case filed against her, actress Ellen Adarna posts this video of daily life with John Lloyd Crush. Screenshot from Ellen Adarna's Instagram

Ellen Adarna faces charges over Instagram story of minor – reports

May 15, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Ellen Adarna is sued for child abuse after taking video of a minor and posting it on Instagram without permission

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Apr 25, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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Cyber libel charges 'unfounded' – Rappler's Maria Ressa

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:52 PM

'The allegations against me are baffling and unfounded,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in her counter-affidavit filed with the DOJ on her behalf by her lawyers

COUNTER-AFFIDAVIT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on April 24, 2018, swears to the truthfulness of the counter-affidavit that her lawyers will file on her behalf the next day. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler's Maria Ressa appears at DOJ over cyber libel complaint

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler CEO Maria Ressa appears before Department of Justice prosecutors a day ahead of the filing of her counter-affidavit, as she would be in Seoul on Wednesday to participate in a forum on the state of press freedom around the world

RAPPLER CEO. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa appears before the Department of Justice on April 24, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cyber libel complaint vs Rappler, Kim meets Xi, Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica | Midday wRap

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:16 PM

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NBI claims initial ruling on Rappler cyber libel case 'prematurely disclosed'

Mar 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation said on February 22 that it junked the case after finding 'no basis,' but days later, transmitted it to the Department of Justice

BACKTRACKING? Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Court orders arrest of Top Gear PH's former editor-in-chief

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Vernon Sarne is charged with cyber libel for identifying on a Facebook post the wrong person as the gunman in a 2016 road rage incident

ORDERED ARRESTED. A Manila regional trial court has ordered the arrest of ex-Top Gear Philippines editor-in-chief Vernon Sarne over cyber libel charges. Photo from Sarne's Facebook account

Rappler's cyber libel case will make Cybercrime Law unconstitutional – lawyer

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The crime of online libel didn't exist at the time the Rappler story was published. 'If respondents are charged by the government, it would make the cybercrime act an ex post facto law' which is prohibited under the Constitution, says top cybercrime lawyer JJ Disini.

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Rappler to NBI: Why revive case you already dismissed?

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation in February junked a libel complaint filed against Rappler, finding it to be 'without basis. In a bizarre twist, the agency revives the case.

NBI dismisses, then recommends cyber libel case vs Rappler

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The NBI backtracks on its earlier finding that businessman Wilfredo Keng's complaint over a story published 5 years ago has 'no basis'

CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa (C), arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila on January 22, 2018. The head of a news website threatened with closure by the government appeared before state investigators on January 22 over a defamation complaint which she decried as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's concerted attack on press freedom. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Garin, 7 officials file libel complaint vs ‘DOH mafia’ accuser

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Francis Cruz, the whistleblower of the VACC, faces several libel complaints from health officials he accused of benefiting from the Dengvaxia mess

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

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Feb 23, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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NBI junks cyber libel complaint vs Rappler

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The NBI's legal and evaluation service says the complaint has gone beyond the one-year prescriptive period for libel

Maria Ressa answers question from the media  Photo by Leanne Jazul / Rappler

‘DOH mafia’ accuser faces libel complaint

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:56 PM

PCMC executive director Julius Lecciones files the libel complaint against physician Francis Cruz, who claims a mafia-like group operates in the DOH

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

Quezon radio journalists arrested over libel charges filed by politicians – NUJP

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Itinanong lang naman namin kung saan na napunta ang P70 million na PDAF ni Congressman Danilo Suarez,' says one of the arrested radio commentators

Screenshot from NUJP's Facebook page

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Feb 02, 2018 - 11:03 AM

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DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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Rappler answers cyber libel complaint at NBI

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa asks the National Bureau of Investigation to stop the investigation for lack of legal basis

Atty Gemo files a counter-affidavit for the cyber libel complaint against Rappler's Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos at the NBI cybercrime office on February 1, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ panel takes Andy Bautista’s cases from city prosecutors

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

‘Transferring these cases directly before the DOJ only heightens our reservations (on impartiality)’ says Bautista’s lawyer

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC allows columnist to pursue counterclaim vs Enrile in libel case

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:14 PM

'The Supreme Court ruling is a victory for press freedom,' says Yolanda Ong's lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno

COUNTERCLAIM. The Supreme Court allows columnist Yolanda Ong to pursue her P88 million counterclaim against Juan Ponce Enrile.

How cyber libel complaint versus Rappler can endanger the press

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:36 PM

This means any previous libel case 'can be reopened' if the story concerned remains online, warns Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

Mayon Volcano eruption, Sanofi on Dengvaxia victims, Poe on LTFRB circular | Evening wRap

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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What's the right to be forgotten? Cyber libel complaint vs Rappler sparks discussion

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

The right to be forgotten empowers an individual to remove a personal information that's out there in the internet

PRESS FREEDOM THREATS. Cyber libel is just one of many threats to press freedom. Journalists and press freedom advocates come together during a Black Friday protest on January 19, 2018.

NBI: Rappler can be liable for cyber libel despite non-retroactive law

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation's cybercrime chief believes that the theory of continuous publication applies to the case of Rappler

CYBERCRIME. NBI Cybercrime Division Chief Manuel Antonio Eduarte speaks to reporters on January 19, 2018, a day after subpoenas for a cyber libel complaint were served to Rappler. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

AFP on Martial Law extension, Duque on Dengvaxia, Salvator Mundi buyer | Evening wRap

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio sues Franco Mabanta for libel

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog says she received attacks and messages in her Facebook account – similar to Mabanta's – disparaging her appearance

Sotto files cyber-libel complaint vs Cocoy Dayao over #SilentNoMore blog

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III files the case before the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DILG official files libel complaint vs Rappler reporter

Nov 23, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Castriciones was among 3 undersecretaries whom DILG officials and employees anonymously asked to be sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte

COMPLAINANT. John Castriciones was appointed to oversee the DILG's operations. Photo from Castriciones' Facebook account

Trillanes files cyber-libel complaint vs Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeks Rey Joseph Nieto's imprisonment and payment of civil damages and legal fees, amounting to nearly P1.3 million

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Nov 21, 2017 - 12:05 PM

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Sotto eyes cyber-libel charges vs Cocoy Dayao

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM

What if there's a public apology? 'Walang mangyayari doon. Pasuntok na lang siya sa 'kin kung gusto niya,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

SENATE VS DEATH PENALTY? Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the death penalty would not be approved in the Senate by June or before the first regular session of the 17th Congress adjourns. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Trillanes to file libel case vs Thinking Pinoy's RJ Nieto

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:35 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the case stems from the blogger's 'fake news' that US President Donald Trump supposedly called him a 'little narco'

LIBEL CASE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (left) is preparing a libel case against Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto