Rappler allowed to file motion to dismiss cyber libel rap

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 08 2019 11:11 AM

MANILA - A Manila court has allowed Rappler and its chief Maria Ressa to file a demurrer to evidence for the dismissal of a cyber libel complaint filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

A demurrer to evidence, when granted by the court, would result in the dismissal of the case and eventual acquittal of the accused based on insufficiency of prosecution evidence.

The complaint stemmed from a Rappler article published in May 2012 which cited an intelligence report claiming he was under surveillance by the National Security Council for alleged involvement in illegal activities, such as human trafficking and drug smuggling.

 Keng vehemently denied the allegations and requested that the article be taken down, which the news website refused to do so.

The complaint resulted in the overnight detention of Ressa in February.

Aside from Rappler and Ressa, a former researcher of the news website was also indicted.

--Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News