Maria Ressa, the chief executive officer of online new hub Rappler, faces another cyber libel case.
It was learned that last November 23, prosecutors filed the second libel case against Ressa before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC), which was five months after Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. were convicted cyber libel in Manila.
The second case is related to the first case filed against Ressa, as it stems from her tweet containing screenshots of a 2002 Philippine Star article about the same businessman who charged her previously also for cyber libel.
Ressa made the tweet in February 2019, a few days after she was arrested over the first case. She posted screenshots of an article from the Philippine Star that reported businessman Wilfredo Keng was being eyed as the “prime suspect” in the killing of former Manila councilor Chika Go.
The Star report also said Keng was allegedly involved in the smuggling of fake cigarettes and other illegal activities.
Philstar.com eventually took down the 2002 story from its website in February 2019 “after the camp of Mr. Wilfredo Keng raised the possibility of legal action.”
Ressa is asking the Makati RTC to dismiss the second case. Her legal counsels contend that there is a Supreme Court ruling on the cybercrime law where people who share other author’s posts are not liable for cyber libel. SOVEREIGNPH