Businessman Wilfredo Keng files 2nd cyber liber case vs Maria Ressa
MANILA — Businessman Wilfredo Keng has filed another case agains Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, this time over a 2019 Twitter post where she shared the website’s news article on the businessman.
Keng is the same person who is behind the liber suit that recently convicted Ressa and former writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. on June 15.
The businessman filed his second complaint at the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office last February 13, of which the copy was released to the media on Friday.
The complaint for another libel case was due to Ressa posting a screenshot of a 2002 Philippine Star article linking Keng to the murder of a former councilor. The Philippine Star took down the article after receiving a possible legal action from the businessman’s camp.
According to Keng, while the Philippine star deleted the post, Ressa made it sure that libelous article will be read by her 350,000 followers and anybody who has internet access.
Keng also accuses Ressa of maliciously sharing false information despite the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency giving him a clean record.
On Monday, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 convicted Ressa and former researcher-writer Santos in the cyber libel case filed by Keng. The case was well covered on international headlines as opposition groups, human rights groups criticized the decision as part of Duterte’s move to curtail freedom of speech. Malacañang denied the accusations saying Ressa’s conviction was not politically motivated as the case were filed by a private individual.