Dept. of Justice approves cyber libel raps vs. Rappler

Dept. of Justice approves cyber libel raps vs. Rappler

Another headache has befallen Rappler.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) just approved the indictment of Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa and  a writer for cyber libel over a story published seven years ago.
In a resolution dated Jan. 10, 2019, the prosecutors recommended that Ressa, Reynaldo Santos Jr., and Rappler Inc. "be charged with violation of Section 4(c)(4) of Republic Act No. 10175.
Rappler's CEO Maria Ressa (photo credit to owner)

Mr. Wilfredo D. Keng is the complainant in the case and the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with a story sometime in May 2012 entitled "CJ Using SUVs of Controversial Businessman," referring to a vehicle allegedly used by the former and late Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The online news outfit reported Keng as being under investigation for illegal activities.
DOJ’s Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edwin Dayog and Assistant State Prosecutors Florencio dela Cruz Jr. and Jeannette Dacpano.Recommended the filing of the libel case, it got its stamp of approval for filing from Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon.
The complaint against Manuel I. Ayala, Nico Jose Nolledo, Glenda M. Gloria, James Bitanga, Felicia Atiena, Dan Alber de Padua and Jose Maria G. Hofilena was ordered dismissed since their part in the publication was not established.
In 1202, Keng requested the article to be taken down but the request to take it down did not push through since the article can still be seen online.
On Oct. 11, 2017,Keng already solicited the help from the NBI to investigate and take appropriate actions against the persons responsible for the publication.
"The publication complained of imputes to complainant Keng the commission of crimes. It is clearly defamatory. Under Article 254 of the Revised Penal Code, every defamatory imputation is presumed to be malicious, even if it be true, if no good intention and justifiable motive for making it is shown. The presumed malice is known as malice in law," the Department of Justice said.

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