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Karen Davila, Raffy Tima, fellow journalists react to verdict to Maria Ressa

Journalists from different networks threw in their support for the embattled Ressa.

Several journalists have openly aired their support for Maria Ressa after the Manila court handed down a guilty verdict on her cyber libel case.

Journalists flooded Twitter with support for Ressa and expressed their dismay over the result of the trial.

On Monday, June 15, Manila RTC judge Rainelda Estacio-Montessa gave a guilty verdict to Maria Ressa and Rey Santos Jr. on the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

The case stemmed from Rappler’s updated article about Keng’s connection with then former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The article which was sourced from an intelligence report alleged Keng is connected to illegal activities. While the article was written prior to the enactment of the anti-cybercrime law, the court argued that it was updated in 2014 to correct the spelling of “evation” to evasion was deemed as a republication thus became one of the grounds enough to give a guilty verdict.

Journalists from different networks threw in their support for the embattled Ressa.

Kapuso journalist Raffy Tima made a cryptic tweet about Context and what’s happening around us.

Ces Drilon meanwhile shared the statement of several business groups with regards to the verdict.

Karen Davila, on the other hand, tweeted about defending press freedom.

Here are other sentiments from other journalists and broadcasters in the country.



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