Ressa arraigned on cyber libel raps

MANILA The arraignment of Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa and writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. for cyber libel proceeded on Tuesday.

A plea of not guilty on behalf of the two accused was ordered entered into the records by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) after Ressa and Santos declined to enter a plea.

The arraignment proceeded after Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montessa of the Manila RTC Branch 46 refused to dismiss the case.

In its order dated April 12, the court ruled that online publishers could be sued within 12 years of the publication of an allegedly libelous report.

The suit was filed by a businessman named by Rappler as being the owner of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) used by the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, who had been subjected to impeachment proceedings during the last administration. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency