DOJ finds probable cause to indict Maria Ressa, Rappler for cyber libel
Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa faces cyberlibel indictment over a 2012 article about “shady” businessman Wilfredo Keng.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an eight-page resolution which declared that probable cause was found to indict her along with Rappler and its former reporter Reynaldo Santos. Jr.
The case stemmed from the complaint of Keng about the article written by Santos titled “CJ Using SUVs of Controversial Businessman.”
The article referred to the Chevrolet Suburban being used at that time by then Chief Justice Renato Corona who was facing an impeachment compliaint.
Keng was described by the article as “shady” and reportedly involved in human trafficking and the drug trade, among others.
Instead of heeding to his request to get it taken down, Keng said the article was even updated on Feb. 19, 2014.
“The publication complained of imputes to complainant Keng the commission of crimes. It is clearly defamatory. Under Article 354 of the Revised Penal Code, the DOJ pointed out “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,” ruled the DOJ.