The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on Friday denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. in the cyber libel case they were convicted of.
In a 13-page decision, Presiding Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa denied their motion for partial consideration “for lack of merit.”
Ressa and Santos were sentenced in June to up to six years of imprisonment over what the court considered as a “republication” of an article that was originally published before the anti-cybercrime law was enacted.
The two remain free after being granted post-conviction bail.
Businessman Wilfredo Keng filed the cyber libel complaint before the Department of Justice over a 2012 Rappler article written by Santos linking him to human trafficking and drug smuggling.
Keng denied all allegations.
Keng said his side of the story was not even published even after he tried to contact Rappler./Stacy Ang