SC puts off ruling on Rappler challenge to Palace coverage
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MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) has put off granting an injunction sought by online news outfit Rappler Inc., in connection with the ban on its reporters from covering Malacañang.

In a resolution dated July 30 and released Wednesday, Clerk of Court Edgar O. Aricheta said the court en banc instead ordered the respondent offices to comment within 10 days to the suit.

The petitioners had sought a temporary restraining order and/or a status quo ante and/or a writ of preliminary injunction against the respondents.

“The court resolved, without giving due course to the petition, to require the respondents to comment thereon within 10 days from notice hereof,” the SC resolution said.

Aside from Rappler Inc., the petitioners in the case were reporters Patricia Marie Rañada, Mara Alyssabel Cepeda, Raymon Dullana, Franklin Cimatu, Mauricio Victa, Camille Kristina Elemia, Ralf Martin Rivas, and Baltazar Espinosa.

Named respondents by Rappler were the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Media Accreditation Registration Office, and the Presidential Security Group.

The SC also granted the petition for intervention filed by intervenors Bartholome T. Guingona and Florangel Braid and the Pilipina Foundation Inc. (PNA)