Maria Ressa arrives at Manila City Hall

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrived at Manila City Hall Monday morning for the promulgation of cyber libel charges filed against her and former reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr.

Ressa was accompanied by lawyer and former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te.

Photo by Danny Pata

Photo by Danny Pata

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The case was filed in January 2019 over an article published by the news site in 2012 that cites an “intelligence report” linking Wilfredo Keng, a businessman and the private complainant, to human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The Philippines’ anti-cyber crime law would not be enacted until months after the article was published, but prosecutors alleged that a supposedly “republished” version of the story in February 2014 is covered by the law.

Rappler argued the 2014 update was just to correct a typographical error.—AOL, GMA News