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COURT FINDS RESSA, SANTOS GUILTY OF CYBER LIBEL

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos were sentenced on Monday, June 15,  to up to six years in jail by a Manila court  over cyber libel charges filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 allowed bail for the journalists and ordered them to pay P200,000 in moral damages and another P200,000 in exemplary damages.

In a decision, Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa sentenced Ressa and Santos to 6 months and 1 day to up to 6 years in jail.

Commentary: THE CYBER LIBEL RAP VS. RESSA, RAPPLER

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