Controversial journalist and also CEO of Rappler, Maria Ressa created headlines on both social media as well as mainstream media after she was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) because of the cyber libel case filed against him by businessman Wilfredo Keng.
The NBI released the arrest warrant late in the afternoon and then she arrived at the NBI Office at around 7 :30 PM. The arrest of Maria Ressa was streamed live on social media by Rappler as well as other news media outlets.
The arrest was created after the Department of Justice (DOJ) had indicted Maria Ressa and Rappler for cyber libel over a 2012 released article that involved a certain businessman whom they reported lending an SUV to the late SC Chief Justice Renato Corana.
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Maria Ressa was at her office in Pasig City as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents presented the arrest warrant however the NBI agents did not handcuff her.
Maria Ressa’s arrest was created after the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch released the arrest warrant against Ressa on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 based on Rappler.
Based on Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Maria Ressa can post bail for the case. He added even more that the Rappler CEO could possibly have posted bail even before the warrant is shown.
The complaint against Ressa and then Rappler was filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng, over an article posted by Rappler titled “CJ using SUVs of controversial businessman” throughout the impeachment trial of the late ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Keng had stated he did not lend any kind of vehicle to the late chief magistrate, who required to step down in 2012 over undeclared wealth after he was identified guilty by the Senate sitting being an impeachment court.
In a resolution dated Feb. 4, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edwin Dayog declared Rappler, Ressa, and reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. committed libel under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.