A Philippine court judge handling the second cyber libel charge against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has inhibited herself from the case after receiving a death threat.
Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 147 Acting Presiding Judge Maria Amifaith Fider-Reyes said she was forced to inhibit after her court received a threatening e-mail.
Following her withdrawal from the case, records were sent to an executive judge and the case was re-raffled and is now under the jurisdiction of the Makati RTC Branch 148 under Judge Andres Soriano.
Judge Soriano was famously known for repudiating President Rodrigo Duterte’s Department of Justice’s “very urgent” motion for a hold departure order on former Senator Antonio Trillanes.
The judge also refused to issue a warrant for the arrest of Trillanes for supposedly not complying with the basic requirements to be entitled to an amnesty.
Judge Soriano contradicted the claim of the President himself saying Trillanes filed a proper application for amnesty and had admitted guilt for the offense.
The government has been pushing to revive the coup d’ etat case against Trillanes after President Duterte revoked the amnesty given by his predecessor. (Source: INQUIRER.net)