QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Yet another cyber libel case is hanging over the head of Rappler and its CEO, Maria Ressa. This time, the law suit is coming from Vice President Leni Robredo.
The impending law suit stems from a Twitter post by Rappler.com in which Robredo’s daughters compared U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim of poll cheating to the 2016 Vice Presidential elections where their mom narrowly won over opponent Bongbong Marcos. (The electoral protest filed by Marcos against Robredo remains unresolved and is still pending with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET.)
The Vice President is suing Rappler for the caption, “Lugaw, anyone” which accompanied its Twitter post.
“Lugaw” (rice porridge) is considered by the Robredos as derogatory. It is a label used by Duterte Die-hard Supporters (DDS) to ridicule the Vice President. The label stems from statements attributed to her claiming she raised campaign funds by selling lugaw.
“And I thought, Ressa and Rappler were on our side,” the VP said. “I was wrong.
Ressa was earlier convicted of cyber libel in a case filed by a private businessman.