The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Wednesday that Panelo's threat shows that both libel and cyberlibel
should be decriminalized.
Maria Ressa would not have been charged because cyberlibel
was not yet a crime when the supposed libelous article was published, a clear case of an unconstitutional ex-post facto law.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea had earlier filed a complaint for libel and cyberlibel
against Tulfo and is seeking P140 million in damages.
The Makati Business Club (MBC) on Thursday called on the Duterte administration to uphold the freedom of the press following the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa over a retroactive cyberlibel
Specifically, the PNP-CIDG has accused Robredo of sedition, Inciting to Sedition, Libel, Cyberlibel
, Obstruction of Justice, and Estafa for purportedly being part of a group to destabilize the government.
The executive secretary previosuly filed libel and cyberlibel
complaints against Tulfo on August 6 and inJune.
case has been filed against "Buwan" singer Juan Karlos "JK" Labajo by Darren Espanto's mother.
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay on Thursday filed libel and cyberlibel
complaints against The Manila Times and its columnist, Ramon 'Mon' Tulfo for a series of columns published in August.
On July 18, the police filed sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel
, libel estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice charges against Robredo and at least 35 others.
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The CIDG's charges of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel
, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice were based on the testimony of controversial whistleblower Peter JoemelAdvincula, alias 'Bikoy.'
Police named the three Catholic church leaders and over 30 others as respondents in their sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel
, libel estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice complaint over an alleged ouster plot against the president.