DoJ decision on Rappler out soon

The panel of prosecutors of the Department of Justice may decide this week to submit for resolution the cyber libel complaint against social media site Rappler or accept additional evidence from complainant Wilfredo Keng.

Keng, listed by the prestigious Forbes Magazine as one of the richest Filipinos, charged Rappler over the latter’s story that the late impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona used his (Keng’s) sports utility vehicle.

The story published at the time of Corona’s impeachment trial in 2012 claimed Keng was investigated for human trafficking and linked the businessman to a 2002 killing.

“It could be released within the week,” said Senior State Prosecutor Edwin Dayog. In the event additional evidence is accepted, the accused will be given time to respond.

Named respondents were reporter Reynaldo Santos, editor-in-chief Maria Ressa, directors Manuel Ayala, Nico Jose Nolledo, Glenda Gloria, James Bitanga, Felicia Atienza and Dan Alber de Padua.

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