Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Economy

TV host acquitted of libel

THE Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted a radio and television host of libel, reversing an appellate court ruling in 2009.

In a Jan. 11 resolution published on Monday, the tribunal said prosecutors failed to prove that journalist Rafael “Raffy” T. Tulfo had acted with malice. Also cleared were the publisher and managing editor of Philippine tabloid Abante Tonite.

The libel case stemmed from a series of articles that Mr. Tulfo wrote for the tabloid in 1999 alleging illegal activities of a Bureau of Customs lawyer.

The court ruled the articles were about official functions of the lawyer that “refer to matters of public interest which the citizenry ought to know.” The written columns “fall within the purview of qualified privileged communications,” it said in the decision written by Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen.

The high court reminded journalists about ethics. “We regard the vital role that the media play in ensuring that the government and its officials remain true to their oath in carrying out their mandates in a manner prescribed by law,” it said.

“Nevertheless, the constitutionally protected freedoms enjoyed by the press cannot be used as a shield to advance the malicious propagation of false information carried out by unscrupulous entities to injure another’s reputation,” it added.

Meanwhile, a Manila trial court entered a not guilty plea for Rappler founder Maria Ressa and former reporter Rambo Talabong in their cyber-libel case after both refused to enter a plea during arraignment on Tuesday.

The complaint stemmed from a story written by Mr. Talabong and published on the news website in January 2020 about a scheme at De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde where students allegedly paid P20,000 to pass their thesis subject.

Arrest warrants were issued against Ms. Ressa and Mr. Talabong based on a complaint file by a professor, but both posted bail worth P30,000 each. — Bianca Angelica D. Añago

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

Preliminary results of Philippine Statistics Authority’s latest Labor Force Survey showed there were around 3.764 million unemployed Filipinos in June, inching up from 3.730...

Economy

THE PHILIPPINE economy’s recovery will depend on how quickly business confidence is restored, which will in turn boost private sector investments, Moody’s Investors Service...

Economy

INVESTMENT PLEDGES approved by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) climbed by 8.5% in the first half after coming off a low base last...

Economy

CHINA LIANHE Credit Rating Co. maintained its “AAA” credit rating for the Philippines with a “stable” outlook, as it expects economic recovery to begin...

Economy

AYALA Land, Inc. (ALI) on Tuesday said it generated P3.3 billion in the second quarter, over 16 times the P426-million income it logged year...

Economy

SOLAIRE Resort & Casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp. finished the quarter with a “respectable” performance after trimming its consolidated net loss to P1.2 billion,...

You May Also Like

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Investing

As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...

Economy

US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on...

Economy

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public from investing or to stop any investment in a group named Maxxprofit Computer Trading...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.



Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!