As the verdict on the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa draws near, the camp of Wilfredo Keng – the complainant who filed charges against the Rappler official – is confident that they will win the case.
In a statement on Saturday, Keng’s legal counsel, Attorney Melisas Andaya said that they have faith that justice will be served and the reputation of Keng will be vindicated.
To recall, the case stemmed from the businessman’s complaint over a Rappler story that supposedly linked him to human trafficking as well as drug smuggling in May 2012.
Andaya said that they have already shown that there is no evidence linking Keng to the drugs and murder allegations mentioned in the defamatory online article.
Ressa, on the other hand, has argued that the libel charge is a ploy to intimidate government critics, but Andaya stressed that the case was about accountability.
“This should serve as a lesson that no one is above the law. Everyone should be more judicious and circumspect before making accusations, especially when the reputation of a private individual is involved,” said Andaya.