Libel cases
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November 21, 2019

The Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and imprisonment of blogger Manuel Mejorada for libel over articles accusing Sen. Franklin Drilon of overpricing in the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center, the senator's office says in a news release.

The Supreme Court had earlier affirmed that the Court of Appeals correctly ruled that "the elements of libel were sufficiently established by the prosecution."

Drilon's office, quoting the SC ruling, said that "it was not necessary to establish that the publication was motivated by any malice since the articles were not privileged communication or fair comments; thus, malice is presumed."

Mejorada faces imprisonment of from two years, four months and a day to four years and two months.

Journalists and rights groups have been calling for libel to be decriminalized, saying it is an archaic crime that threatens freedom of speech and expression.

The Pasay City prosecutor's office indicts blogger RJ Nieto for libel in the case filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, The STAR reports.

Trillanes has filed a libel complaint against the "Thinking Pinoy" blogger for alleging that US President Donald Trump referred to him as a "narco" or drug lord.

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