Maria Ressa arrested for cyber-libel
The National Bureau of Investigation late Wednesday afternoon arrested Rappler chief Maria Ressa (Maria Angelita Ressa in real life) for cyber libel.
The arrest came after the Manila regional trial court issued an arrest warrant against her and Rappler’s former writer Reynaldo Santos Jr.
This developed as Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Ressa could post bail in the case.
“At any rate, the simple solution is to post bail, whichever case it may be against Ms. Ressa,” he explained.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Wilfredo D. Keng involving a story published in 2012 entitled “CJ Using SUVs of Controversial Businessman,” referring to a vehicle reportedly used by then chief justice Renato Corona.
The Rappler reported that Keng was being investigated for illegal activities.