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Manila court resets Ressa’s arraigment for cyber libel case

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Manila Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa has pushed back the arraignment of Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa over a cyber libel case she is facing.

The magistrate decided to cancel Tuesday’s (April 16) arraignment proceedings of Ressa and her co-accused, former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr. to give them the chance a motion for reconsideration over the court’s ruling which turned down their motion seeking to dismiss the case.

With this, the judge reset the arraignment to May 17.

The case stemmed from the complaint of businessman Wilfredo Keng against the May 29, 2012 article published by Rappler and written by Santos, titled “CJ Using SUVs of Controversial Businessman”.

The article reported that then Chief Justice Renato Corona was found using a 2011 Chevrolet Subarban which was found registered to Keng.

At that time Corona was facing an impeachment trial.

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

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