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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

After Maria Ressa's arrest, netizens decry 'desperate move to silence' press

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:34 AM

The arrest triggers an outpouring of comments from netizens lambasting the move as a desperate effort to silence critics and intimidate the press

Robredo slams Maria Ressa's arrest as 'political harassment'

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:20 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'Si Maria Ressa, ipinakita iyong tapang.... Mayroong mga panahon na parang siya na lang iyong boses na naririnig natin dahil lahat natatakot,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'POLITICAL HARASSMENT. 'Vice President Leni Robredo denounces the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NBI detains journalist Maria Ressa for the night

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'If somehow the government feels that by keeping me the night, they can intimidate me, no, we will hold the line,' says Maria Ressa

DETAINED. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa fills up an arrest information sheet inside the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest for cyberlibel charges on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler statement on Maria Ressa’s arrest: ‘We will continue to tell the truth’

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

If this is another of several attempts to intimidate us, it will not succeed, as past attempts have shown. Maria Ressa and Rappler will continue to do our jobs as journalists.

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Persecution by a bully government': Journalists, advocates slam arrest of Maria Ressa

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:37 PM

(6th UPDATE) Members of the media and various groups say the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is clearly part of the Duterte administration's attack on press freedom

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested for cyber libel

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest is in connection with a story published by Rappler in May 2012 – or 4 months before the law that Maria Ressa and researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr allegedly violated was enacted

WARRANT. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa talks to her lawyer. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

Despite NBI flip-flop, DOJ to indict Rappler for cyber libel

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The justice department decides to charge with libel Rappler Incorporated, Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a story published 7 years ago

 ‘This indictment is evidence that the law has been weaponized: the NBI’s own lawyers recommended the case be thrown out,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. AFP file photo by Noel Celis

DOJ asks Davao court to cancel Trillanes bail over holiday travel

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Paolo Duterte's camp claims Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's December trip makes him guilty of flight. The senator is now back in the Philippines and has appeared before the Davao City court.

DAVAO CASE. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Not guilty of libel, Trillanes tells Davao City court

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang orders mediation between the two camps on March 21

'NOT GUILTY'. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Davao court rejects DOJ request to block Trillanes travels

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 says the opposition senator is not a 'flight risk'

'NOT A FLIGHT RISK.' This file photo shows Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Jesus Falcis addresses cyber libel charges

Jan 10, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The lawyer says any libelous statements he made against the media mogul were done only in defense of his brother

BROTHER'S KEEPER. Jesus Falcis says that any libel he has committed is only in defense of his brother, Nicko, who is facing charges of  qualified theft from Kris Aquino. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Trillanes posts bail for Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio's libel cases vs him

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail of P96,000 – or P24,000 for each of the 4 counts of libel separately filed by Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio

Photo from Office of Trillanes

Davao City court issues 4 arrest warrants vs Trillanes

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 issues warrants of arrest for each libel complaint filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces arrest again after a Davao City court issues arrest warrants in connection with libel complaints filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes on arrest warrant: ‘Baliktad ang hustisya sa gobyerno ni Duterte’

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

'Ang mga mandarambong ay pinalaya na. Ang mga kritiko naman ay gagawan ng kaso para pilit na maikulong,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is ordered arrested on the same day former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder

DUTERTE CRITIC. Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces another arrest warrant, this time over a libel complaint filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte in Davao City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Metro Manila police chief asks Davao cops to 'LBC' Trillanes arrest warrant

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar has also ordered local cops to monitor Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

WARRANTING A DELIVERY. Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar is asking for the warrant to arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to be delivered from Davao through a courier. File photo of Eleazar from Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao City court orders arrest of Trillanes

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang issues the warrant of arrest against the senator in connection with the libel case filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte

NEMESIS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has been ordered arrested by a Davao City court on December 7, 2018, over libel charges filed by President Rodrigo Duterte's son, former Davao City vice mayor Paolo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kris Aquino files cyber libel case vs Jesus Falcis

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Lawyer Jesus Falcis, brother of Kris' erstwhile business partner Nicko Falcis, is sued for 9 counts of cyber libel

MORE CASES. Kris Aquino arrives at the Department of Justice to file cyberlibel cases against Atty. Jesus Falcis on November 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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