NBI Subpoenas Rappler CEO Maria Ressa & 2 Others for Alleged Cybercrime Case

Former international correspondent of CNN and the present CEO of Rappler together with two other Rappler-connected individuals were issued subpoena by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).


The subpoena issued by the NBI against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. and businessman Benjamin Bitanga, they were ordered to appear before the NBI's Cybercrime Division on Jan. 22 over a complaint filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

This is a hard time for Rappler as they exeperienced the worst incident so far in the history of the company after the government through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked their license as a corporation.

The subpoena was dated January 10 or a day before the decision of SEC to revoke Rappler's registration. According to the NBI, the respondents are ordered to appear before the NBI's Cybercrime Division on January 22 over a complaint filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

The NBI said Keng, president and CEO of Century Peak Metals Holdings Corporation, filed the complaints against the three for violating Republic Act 10175 or the "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012."

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Maria Ressa was quoted as saying "It really solidifies that the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) decision of an attack to take Rappler down and an attack on press freedom," she said. "I'll read it through. I'll have to take the advice of my lawyers. Regardless of the harassment, we're going to continue doing our jobs."

According to Rappler in one of their latest article, one of the respondents of the case together with Maria Ressa, businessman Benjamin Bitanga is an incorporator of Dolphin Fire, a shareholder in Rappler Holdings Inc., although he did not sit on the board his son, sits as member of the Rappler Inc.

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