Wa epek ang pa-victim! Court junks Maria Ressa’s move to dismiss libel case
The bid of Rappler executive Maria Ressa to dismiss the cyber libel case against her has been turned down by a Manila Court.
Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 Presiding Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa has issued an order which junked the demurrer filed by Ressa and her co-accused, former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos.
“After a careful evaluation of the allegations of the defense, as well as the records of the case, the Court finds that the Demurrer to the Prosecution’s Evidence should be denied for lack of merit,” read the ruling.
With this, the judge told the accused that they will have to refute the prosecution’s evidence during their turn in the presentation of their defense during the trial.
“It now behooves upon all the accused to adduce evidence to controvert those presented by the prosecution in a full blown trial,” the magistrate stated.
The case stemmed from the complaint of businessman Wilfredo Keng cocncerning 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.