Court denies Maria Ressa’s motion to dismiss cyberlibel case

Court denies Maria Ressa’s motion to dismiss cyberlibel case

Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 46 junked the motion to quash the cyber-libel case filed by the lawyers of Rappler Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maria Ressa.

Among the issues raised by Theodore Te, one of Ressa’s attorneys from the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), was the prosecution’s misapplication of the “multiple republications” principle. He also argued that the one-year time frame for the filing of the alleged crime has already lapsed. Montesa however pointed out that Rappler’s republication of story against business executive Wilfredo Keng was still within the prescription period for cyber-libel. She said the arraignment of Ressa, Rappler, and former reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr. will push through on Tuesday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m.