“R.I.P Press Freedom!” screams one of the many posts I see on Facebook.
Sadly, these people who sympathized Maria Ressa either hated PRRD that much that their ability to see things have been blinded by their hatred, they are ignorant of the case or simply bandwagoners riding the trend on social media.
Let’s admit it!
We can do nothing about the haters of PRRD but perhaps, we can do something about the people who know nothing about the cyberlibel case versus Rappler’s Maria Ressa.
Speaking of the cyberlibel case of Maria Ressa, radio host and social media blogger Mark Lopez discussed the facts in his latest FB post that convinced the judge the case filed by Mr. Keng has legs to stand on in court.
In the FB post, Lopez cited eight (8) facts about the cyberlibel case which he described as “walang drama”, unlike Maria Ressa and friends like Karen Davila, Inday Varona, and others.
AS of this writing, Mark Lopez’s FB post has quickly catches fire and since hitting the publish button 2 hours ago or so, the FB post has been getting more than 1,400 shares, more than 2,400 reactions and growing.
You may read the full post below.
You want to fact check this arrest of Maria Ressa due to cyberlibel? Consider these:
1. The case stemmed from an article posted by Rappler IN MAY 2012 against a businessman, Wilfredo Keng, whereby the said article alleged that CJ Corona used an SUV owned by Keng during his impeachment trial.
2. Keng sued not because of the SUV angle but because the Rappler story maliciously imputed that he is engaged in human trafficking and illegal drugs.
3. Keng sued for cyberlibel in OCTOBER 2017, or 5 years after the original story was posted. There was no cyberlibel law yet when the story came out IN MAY 2012. The Cyber Libel Law came in effect SEPTEMBER 2012.
4. However, instead of heeding the request of Keng to take down the story, Rappler posted an update on the same story in FEBRUARY 2014, when the cyberlibel law was already in effect.
5. Last January 10, the DOJ found probable cause against Maria Ressa, reporter/researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. and Rappler for cyberlibel.
6. The DOJ rejected the motion of Ressa’s camp to dismiss the charge based on their argument that the filing was beyond the one year prescription period. The DOJ said that under the cyberlibel law, there is no 1 Year prescription period indicated.
7. Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa issued a warrant of arrest dated February 12, 2019, TUESDAY.
8. Ressa had the whole day of Wednesday, Feb13, 2019 to post bail. But she did not do so, and instead, invited media people to her office prior to the arrival of the NBI personnel who were to serve the WOA.
These are the facts.
Walang drama yan, unlike Maria Ressa and her gang of snowflakes in media like Karen Davila, Inday Varona, and others.
Go ahead. Check them.