MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One down, two to go. Or is it three?
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel in one of three cases she faces in court. The two other still-to-be-resolved cases are those for constitutional violation of the 100% rule on media ownership, and tax evasion.
But wait. Another case is soon to be filed against Ressa, this time for violation of quarantine regulations prohibiting mass gatherings.
Metro Manila is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). By holding a press conference following her conviction last Monday, she violated GCQ rules on mass gatherings and maintaining social distancing as evidenced by photos from said presscon.
2020 is really turning out to be a bad year for the self-proclaimed journalist and crusader for press freedom.
But help is hopefully on the way. Rappler has set up crowd funding to help its CEO pay for her legal defense before a judicial system she has labeled a “failure.”