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Maria Ressa, pinagbabayad ng P50-M ng korte para sa danyos kay Wilfredo Keng

Saan kukuha ng pera si Maria Ressa? S'yempre sa mga boss niyang amerikano. Hello CIA!?
The businessman who sued news website Rappler for cyber libel is asking for P50 million in damages over the allegedly “malicious and devastating defamation” he experienced as a result of a 2012 article accusing him of having a “shady past.”

In his affidavit which he affirmed before a Manila court, Wilfredo Keng said the amount is only reasonable and commensurate to the injury he suffered.

“Given my stature and net worth, this amount of money is not even comparable to the injury inflicted on my reputation, and the pain and suffering that I, my family and my business have experienced,” he said, claiming he intends to donate the amount to charity.

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Half of the amount is for moral damages to compensate for his alleged physical suffering, mental anguish, besmirched reputation and wounded feelings while the remaining half is for exemplary damages, to set an example to the community.

“I want to send the message to members of the media that they cannot simply destroy a person’s reputation and character, through irresponsible, inaccurate, malicious and unjust reporting, without grave consequences,” he said.

“I want to discourage the press, such as Rappler, which is a very popular social news network, from easily spreading baseless and malicious allegations without much consideration or forethought,” he added.

WHAT HAPPENED

Keng sued Rappler, CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. over an article first published in May 2012 which cited an intelligence report claiming he was under surveillance by the National Security Council for alleged involvement in illegal activities, such as human trafficking, drug smuggling, murder, smuggling of fake cigarettes and granting special investors residence visas to Chinese nationals.

Keng vehemently denied the allegations and requested that the article be taken down but his request was denied.

Rappler was firm and maintained that they are tellign the truth even if the evidences point otherwise. 

Related Story: Mahilig kasi sa fake news! Manila Court convicts Maria Ressa for Libel - Verdict: GUILTY 

Earlier this morning, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on Monday convicted online news organization Rappler's CEO Maria Ressa, and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. over the cyber libel case involving businessman Wilfredo Keng.

Rappler’s lawyer Atty. Theodore Te said they will be filing an appeal against the ruling. 

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