Makukulong kaya? Ruling on Maria Ressa, Rappler cyber libel case out on June 15

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa | Photo from South China Morning Post

A Manila court is set to announce its decision on the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and her co-accused on June 15.

Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 has already notified the parties in the case that the promulgation is set.

“Please be informed that the above-entitled case is set for the promulgation of judgment on June 15, 2020, at 8:30 AM,” the notice read

“Please be reminded that only counsels and parties to the case will be allowed inside the courtroom. This is in line with the safety protocols of the Court, in view of the COVID situation,” it said

Ressa’s co-accused in the said case is Reynaldo Santos, a former Rappler researcher.

The cyber libel case rooted from a complaint filed by a businessman named Wilfredo Keng against a May 29 article published by Rappler and written by Santos.

The article was titled “CJ Using SUVs of Controversial Businessman” which was linked to then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

It reported that Corona was found using a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban which was said to be registered under the name of Keng.

The article described the businessman as “shady”, who was allegedly involved in human trafficking and smuggling, among others.

Meanwhile, at that time, the late Chief Justice was facing an impeachment trial.

Ressa and Rappler are tangled in a string of legal suits, which also includes tax evasion charges filed by the government.

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