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Citing lack of evidence, Ressa asks Manila court to dismiss cyber libel case

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Rappler, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr file a demurrer with Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends to her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018, at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46. Ressa and her co-accused, former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, pleaded not guilty to one count of cyber libel before Judge Montesa. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Manila court allows Rappler to seek dismissal of cyber libel case

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Rappler has 10 days to file its demurrer to evidence, after which William Keng's lawyers would have 10 days to reply. The case has progressed expediently so far.

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Keng demands P50M in damages in Rappler cyber libel case

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Rappler objects to the demand, saying that the charge sheet does not contain damages being sought

CYBERLIBEL CASE. Wilfredo Keng leaves the Manila RTC Branch 46 on September 27, 2019, after he presented his affidavit in connection with the cyber libel case he filed against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Jire Carreon

Inquirer.net apologizes to Panelo over story on Sanchez’s executive clemency bid

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Rappler, also the subject of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's apology demand, maintains that it need not apologize for a story that is neither libelous nor defamatory

PALACE BRIEFING. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo fields questions at a Palace news briefing

NUJP: Panelo's threat shows libel laws are weapons, not remedies

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:37 PM

''Balat-sibuyas' is what we Filipinos call officials who are incapable of thinking beyond their imagined hurt and fail to see that the reports are not all about them'

Panelo to file libel suit vs Inquirer.net, Rappler

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler slams the presidential spokesman's threat as a 'pure diversionary tactic'

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo after the 5th Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Keng gets Peter Lim, Bong Revilla lawyers in case vs Maria Ressa

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The prosecution presents letters from PDEA clearing Wilfredo Keng of drug records

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leaves the Manila Regional Trial Court after a hearing during the pre-trial stage of her cyber libel case on June 21, 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Supreme Court affirms jail sentence vs Drilon critic in libel case

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Although courts prefer imposing fines over jail sentences in libel cases, the Supreme Court upholds the discretion of the lower courts to put Manuel Mejorada behind bars for 2 to 4 years

LIBEL. Journalist Manuel "Boy" Mejorada faces 2-4 years in prison as the Supreme Court affirms a Court of Appeals sentence in the libel case filed against him by Senator Franklin Drilon. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Medialdea files new libel, cyberlibel complaint vs Ramon Tulfo

Aug 06, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The Executive Secretary files 2 counts of libel and 2 counts of cyberlibel against Tulfo and Manila Times editors for the columnist's July 20 and July 23 articles

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea leave the prosecutors office after he file a libel case against Manila Times Columnist and Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo at Manila City Hall in Manila on 6 August 2019. According to Atty. Elvis Balayan, The libel case file against Tulfo starts when the article was release about the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, wherein Medialdea was part of the scandal and receives reward money. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Medialdea files libel complaint vs Ramon Tulfo

Aug 02, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The spat between the Executive Secretary and the Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy to China escalates

Bikoy posts P10,000 bail for cyberlibel, walks free again

Jul 31, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Advincula faces a cyber libel complaint filed against him by Bicolano tycoon Elizaldy Co

CYBERLIBEL. Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy faces a cyberlibel complaint pending before a Legazpi City, Albay court. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

Drilon files cyber libel complaint vs former Iloilo provincial official

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The senator says Manuel Mejorada continues to publish 'malicious' content against him despite his conviction in a previous libel case

CYBERLIBEL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday files a criminal complaint against a former Iloilo provincial administrator who was earlier sentenced by the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 118 to 4 years and 2 months imprisonment over libelous social media posts. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Supreme Court increases damages vs Raffy Tulfo in libel case

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court 3rd Division does not impose prison time for Raffy Tulfo and the publisher and editors of Abante Tonite

A look into a libel trial: First witnesses up in Maria Ressa case

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:29 PM

A witness testifies to have read the article – a testimony that may seem trivial but is a requisite to proving an element of the crime

CYBERLIBEL. Opposing counsels shake hands after the hearing on the cybercrime charges filed by complainant Wilfredo Keng against Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa on July 23, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

Maria Ressa cyber libel case proceeds to trial at Manila court

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:11 PM

No settlement is reached between Rappler and complainant Wilfredo Keng

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leave the court room as she attend for her pre-trial at Manila City Hall in Manila on 21 June 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Bicolano tycoon sues Bikoy, Facebook, YouTube for cyber libel

May 23, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Elizaldy Co and Misibis Bay management are seeking P1.1 billion in damages

Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option

May 14, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it,' says Ressa's lawyer Ted Te on elevating case to the Supreme Court

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her scheduled arraignment over one count of cyberlibel on May 14, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan

Ces Drilon on revived libel complaint: ‘It’s absurd’

May 11, 2019 - 12:50 PM

'For merely participating in a legal internal process mandated by our employer, we could end up in jail for libel,' says the ABS-CBN veteran

QC prosecutor's office recommends filing of libel charges vs Ces Drilon, 2 others

May 10, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office reverses its earlier resolutions dismissing the libel complaints filed by Gretchen Fullido against Ces Drilon, Marie Lozano, and news executive Venancio Borromeo

LIBEL. The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office reverses its earlier resolutions dismissing the libel complaints filed by Gretchen Fullido against Ces Drilon, Marie Lozano, and news executive Venancio Borromeo. File photo from Fullido's Facebook page

Manila court defers arraignment of Maria Ressa

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa also defers the arraignment of ex-Rappler researcher writer Reynaldo Santos Jr to May 17. This will allow both journalists to file a motion for reconsideration on the denial of their earlier motion to quash.

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) In denying Maria Ressa’s Motion to Quash, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 effectively upholds the justice department's theory that cyber libel’s prescription period is 12 years, instead of one year

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

QC prosecutors dismiss libel complaints vs Ces Drilon, Marie Lozano

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The Quezon City Prosecutor's Office says the statements of Ces Drilon and Marie Lozano are not libelous and 'fall within the category of a conditionally or qualifiedly privileged communication'

DISMISSED. Quezon City Office of the Prosecutor dismisses the libel complaints filed by Gretchen Fullido against Ces Drilon and Marie Lozano.

Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:56 PM

After an urgent motion Thursday afternoon, the court decides to reduce the bond to P100,000 per travel or P300,000 overall

LIBEL CHARGE. Rappler CEO and executive editor during her detention the NBI Cybercrime Division office on February 13, 2019, after her arrest for cyber libel charge. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gary Alejano: Strengthen cyber libel to combat fake news

Mar 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Alejano’s fellow Otso Diretso candidate Bam Aquino says the cyber libel law is a ‘double-edged’ sword that could curb people’s freedom of speech

CYBER LIBEL. Otso Diretso candidate Gary Alejano said that cyber libel should be strengthened to combat fake news during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on March 4, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler case can prompt Supreme Court revisit of cyber libel – Ted Te

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Many of those issues [raised against the Cybercrime Act] are coming back...but this time the difference is there are now persons that are charged,’ says former Supreme Court spokesperson and Rappler counsel Ted Te

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed against her by businessman William Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019, with her lawyer, former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Disinformation, elections, and Rappler cyber libel case

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Newsbreak team sits down on Thursday, February 28, to discuss disinformation, efforts to prevent it from spreading, and the Rappler cyber libel case

Dismiss cyber libel case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler – Te, FLAG

Feb 26, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINION] Valentine's gift from Willy Keng

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:15 AM

There's a new twist to the Keng story

WATCH: Rappler's cyber libel case in a nutshell

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Here are key facts about the cyber libel case that businessman Wilfredo Keng filed against Rappler

QC vice mayor Belmonte files libel complaint vs former gov't officials

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says ex-PCSO chief Manuel Morato and ex-Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Lagdameo maliciously wrote about a case already dismissed by the justice department

COMPLAINT. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte formally complains about an allegedly libelous article written about her by Manuel Morato and Antonio Lagdameo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Jiggy Manicad: Libel should stay a crime to prevent 'abuse' by journalists

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:47 PM

'Dapat pa rin pong krimen siya para wala pong abuso sa hanay nating mamamahayag,' says senatorial bet and former journalist Jiggy Manicad

The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May electionsin San Fernado Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FAQs: What you need to know about Rappler’s cyber libel case

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:42 AM

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Rappler's cyber libel case

Maria Ressa charges DOJ with 'selective justice'

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:54 PM

‘We will hold government accountable even if it’s bad for business,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is charged for cyber libel over a 2012 investigative report involving businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

U.K. 'deeply concerned' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The British government supports a free media,' says British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing a string of cases under the Duterte administration. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Ex-Rappler researcher posts P100,000 bail for cyber libel

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Law enforcement authorities do not serve Reynaldo Santos Jr his warrant of arrest

CYBER LIBEL. The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 handles the cyber libel charge against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Maria Ressa case and the big chill

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Why the charge against Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is unconstitutional

Youth groups call out 'orchestrated attack' against Rappler, media

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Calls to defend press freedom echo in different parts of the country, as various groups hold protest actions

PROTEST. Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte denies involvement in Maria Ressa cyber libel case

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he doesn't know the businessman who filed a case against Maria Ressa, and that her arrest was far from being an attack on press freedom

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech at the inauguration of the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija on February 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

DOJ: You can be sued for cyber libel within 12 years of publication

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Cyber lawyer and Rappler counsel JJ Disini says this interpretation of the cybercrime law 'can impact on constitutionally-protected rights,’ and can be raised before the Supreme Court,

CYBER LIBEL. The DOJ's charges against Maria Ressa say that cyber libel is still valid 12 years after publication.

In rare move, U.S. stresses need for due process in Maria Ressa case

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The United States, in a rare statement on a domestic controversy, says it hopes the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 'will be resolved quickly'

POSTING BAIL. Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media at the Manila Regional Trial Court after posting bail for her cyber libel case on February 14, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘We’ll go after you’: DOJ probes threat of NBI agent vs Rappler reporter

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The chief of the NBI cybercrime division denies the incident, but the exchange was caught on video

SERVICE OF WARRANT. A scene inside the Rappler office on February 13, 2019, after NBI agents entered the newsroom to serve an arrest warrant against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

LIST: #DefendPressFreedom rallies after Maria Ressa’s arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Here is a running list of rallies by student organizations and various groups to defend press freedom.

TIMELINE: Rappler's cyber libel case

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a timeline of events surrounding Rappler's cyber libel case

Canada 'deeply troubled' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

After the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Canada stresses that journalists should be 'free from harassment and intimidation'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maria Ressa posts P100,000 bail for cyber libel

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Rappler CEO and executive editor spent the night in NBI custody after a night court judge in Pasay refused to accommodate the posting of bail Wednesday, February 13

BACK TO WORK. Rappler chief Maria Ressa outside the judge’s sala at the Manila regional trial court, where she has posted bail over cyber libel charges on February 14, 2019. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Maria Ressa's arrest part of broader gov't campaign, say rights groups

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:25 AM

(UPDATED) Human rights groups say the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is consistent with the repeated threats not just against journalists but also legislators, lawyers, and activists, among others

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.N. special rapporteur condemns detention of Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:10 AM

David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, says it is 'simply intolerable' that Ressa remains in NBI custody

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Maria Ressa arrest tests the bounds of Philippine cyber libel law

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:45 AM

‘This is a legal point that perhaps I think is something that we can bring up all the way to the Supreme Court,’ says leading cyber lawyer and Rappler counsel JJ DIsini

DETAINED. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is detained overnight at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Amid Maria Ressa’s arrest, UP Fair 2019 urges: 'Defend press freedom'

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The theme of this year's UP Fair is 'Rak N’ Rally', with Ressa originally scheduled to talk about press freedom

PRESS FREEDOM. Various organizations conducts a silent protest for Maria Ressa and press freedom at the UP Fair 2019. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

'Truth will set you free': Schools hit arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:30 AM

(4th UPDATE) Ateneo de Manila University president Father Ramon Jose Villarin, De La Salle Philippines president Brother Armin Luistro, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan issue statements of support

DEFEND TRUTH, Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa inside the NBI after her arrest for cyberlibel charges on February 13, 2019. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler