JUST IN: DOJ Starts Probe Into Cyber Libel Raps versus Rappler

Rappler's logo and symbol of cyber-libel (CTTO)

Fresh News: On Monday, March 26, 2018, The Department of Justice (DOJ), started its preliminary investigation concerning a cyber libel complaint against officials and a columnist of Rappler, an online news website.

It can be recalled that the complaint originated from an article distributed by Rappler, entitled "CJ USING SUVs OF CONTROVERSIAL BUSINESSMAN," amid the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

DOJ's preliminary investigation into cyber libel complaint vs Rappler. (CTTO)

The businessman who filed the complaint vs Rappler is Wilfredo Keng, President of Century Peak Metals Holdings Corp.

And based on the 7-page affidavit-complaint filed by Keng, it was stated that the article that was published by Rappler did not observed the ethical standards of journalism and contained malicious imputations of crimes, with bad intentions, purposely to malign, dishonor and discredit his character and good reputation.

Likewise, Keng guaranteed he did not lend any vehicle to the chief justice.

It has also been said that only respondent Jose Maria G. Hofileña, director of Rappler, was present in the investigation and submitted his counter-sworn statement on the dissension filed by Keng and is now being transmitted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Respondent Jose Maria Hofileña subscribes to counter-affidavit (CTTO) 

The complaint signed by NBI Director Dante Gierran stated "Unlike published materials on print, defamatory statements online, such as those contained in the libelous article written and published by subjects, is indubitably considered as a continuing crime until and unless the libelous article is actually removed or taken down. Otherwise, the same is a continuing violation of Section 4 (c) (4) of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,”

Meanwhile, other respondents, namely, Maria Ressa, editor-in-chief, director/officer; Reynaldo Santos, Jr, columnist; Manuel I. Ayala, director/officer; Nico Jose Nolledo, director/officer; Glenda M. Gloria, director/officer; James C. Bitanga, director/officer; Felicia Atienza, director/officer; and Dan Alber De Padua, director/officer did not show up in the hearing.

Rappler (CTTO)

Their lawyers, however, said they will document their separate counter-affidavits after Wilfredo Keng reaffirms his protest before members of the investigating board of prosecutors.

Keng is required to subscribe to his complaint, as conferred by his lawyer, Ryan Cruz on April 20, 2018, the schedule of the next hearing as set by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edwin Dayog, and Assistant State Prosecutors Florencio Dela Cruz and Jeanette Dacpano.

The other respondents' submission of counter-affidavits will be set at a later date.


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