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Columnist Ramon Tulfo arrested for cyber libel

Veteran newspaper columnist and journalist Ramon Tulfo was arrested inside the quadrangle of the Manila City Hall on Wednesday morning.

Palace dares Tulfo to submit proof vs. Aguirre

Manila Police District (MPD) confirmed that Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) headed by Lt. Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr. arrested Tulfo, 75, for cyber libel.

According to initial reports, the SMaRT served the warrant of arrest to Tulfo who was accused of Violation of Section r (c) (4) of R. A 10175, otherwise known as Cybercrime Prevention Acts of 2012.

Maria Victoria A. Soriano-Villadolid, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 of Manila, issued the warrant of arrest.

Manila Police District (MPD) confirmed that Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) headed by Lt. Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr. arrested Tulfo, 75, for cyber libel.

According to initial reports, the SMaRT served the warrant of arrest to Tulfo who was accused of Violation of Section r (c) (4) of R. A 10175, otherwise known as Cybercrime Prevention Acts of 2012.

Maria Victoria A. Soriano-Villadolid, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 of Manila, issued the warrant of arrest.

Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre who filed in 2019 a case against Tulfo , confirmed that he is the complainant in the case.

PROSECUTOR REINSTATES CYBERLIBEL RAP VS. TAGUM CITY RADIO BROADCASTER

Yhe Davao del Norte Provincial Prosecution Office has reinstated a charge of cyber libel against a radio brodcaster of a Tagum City-based FM radio station.

Facing the charge is Reynan Dumagpi alias “Kamario.” Two others, station manager Rowell Sembrano and a George M. Salabao were also charged in the case.

The case, docketted as NPS DOCKET NR . X1-O3- INV-21G-00176, against Dumagpi of Infinite Radio 96.1 FM stemmed from a complaint filed by Mar Lopez, a councilor of New Corella town in Davao del Norte.

Dumagpi was initially indicted for the crime ofLlibel and Cyberlibel in a Resoution dated September 30, 2021.

But in a Resolution dated December 7, 2021, the Prosecution Office, acting on a Motion for Reconsideration filed by Dumagpi dismissed the case against the broadcaster.

Lopez filed his own Motion for Reconsideration contesting the dismissal.

Lopez’s motion was granted in a Resolution dated March 31, 2022, which reinstated the charge, issued by Julius A. Espina, Associate Provincial Prosecutor, and approved by Norman R. Solis, Provincial Prosecutor.

“The Resolution dated December 7, 2021 is set aside, reinstating the Resoution dated September 30, 2021, which indicts respondent Dumagpi for the crime ofLlibel and Cyberlibel, and dismisses the complaint (as) against the other respondents,” said Espina in the Resolution.

In the Resolution, the Prosecutor said Dumagpi’s program was broadcast in his radio station and streamed live in the FacebookAccount of the radio station

Dumagpi uttered “slanderous remarks whle he was broadcasting his radio program,” said Espina.

“Clearly for the entire 3-hour radio program, he kept ,maligning and defaming the character, person and honor of Lopez. Those obviously contain malicious imputation of a crime , vice and defect of his person. Having said them over the radio and aired them live stream in Facebook, Dumagpi may be held liable for libel penalized under Art. 353 of the Revised Penal Code and for Violation of Sec. 4 (c) (4) RA 10175, Espina said.

DAVAO DEL NORTE: SANTO TOMAS MAYOR EVANGELISTA SUES SK CHAIRMAN FOR ELECTIONEERING, CYBERLIBEL

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SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (April 26, 2022)โ€”Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista has filed electioneering charges against beleagured Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman Daryl Omallao of Magwawa for engaging in partisan political activitiesโ€”an electoral offense he committed in his performance as a Sangguniang Kabataan official.

The verified complaint was received by the office of Atty.โ€ฆ See more

DAVAO DEL NORTE: SANTO TOMAS SK CHAIRMAN SLAPPED WITH P100 MILLION CYBERLIBEL RAP


SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (March 31, 2022)โ€”Daryl Omallao, the absentee and controversial Sangguniang Kabataan chairman of Barangay Magwawa, will be facing a P100-M cyberlibel case over his defamatory, libelous, baseless, unfounded, and politically-charged statements against Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President and SK Chairwoman of Barangay Tibal-og Bernadeth Eugenio-Aquino and Mayor Ernesto โ€œTatay Erningโ€ Evangelista.

The case stemmed when Omallao appeared in a political rally in Barangay San Jose on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 and issued allegedly โ€œmaliciousโ€ and โ€œdefamatoryโ€ statements against Eugenio, and Mayor Evangelista. The video has since then circulated online.READ MORE

Also Read: DAVAO DEL NORTE: SK CHAIR VS. SK CHAIR IN 2022 POLLS PARTISANSHIP RAP

ROQUE SLAMS INQUIRER FOR ‘MALICIOUS’ REPORTS

Malice in 2 stories โ€˜very clearโ€™

MANILA โ€“ Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday lashed out at the daily broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for publishing two reports about groups opposing his nomination for a seat at the UN International Law Commission (ILC), a body of experts tasked with developing and… Read More

Antique congressional aspirant wants to decriminalize libel

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antiqueย โ€“ An Antiqueรฑo lawyer aspiring to represent his province’s lone district in Congress will push to decriminalize libel against media practitioners once elected in the May 2022 elections.

Lawyer Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo, former national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) under the Liberal Party (LP) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office here on Wednesday.

โ€œMy father and I had since been advocating for the decriminalization of libel against media practitioners, so hopefully I would win in the election so I could pursue it,โ€ he said in a press conference that followed.

“Due to fear of libel suits, media practitioners could not freely express their opinions for they might be committing public and malicious imputation of a crime, or a vice or defect or to have caused dishonor on a person,” he added.

A media practitioner found to have committed libel, as provided for under Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code, has to face prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods or a fine ranging from PHP200 to PHP6,000 or both.

The media under Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code may also face civil action, which may be brought by the offended party.

โ€œThe media, who are already almost struggling in their economic existence also, would of course be cowered in expressing their opinions so as not to get a libel suit,โ€ Fajardo added.

He said those who are also usually filing libel against media practitioners are only after the civil action because of the damage caused on their reputation and not really imprisonment of the media so there is a need for the decriminalization of libel.

Fajardo is the eldest son of the late Daniel Gumban Fajardo, who published the regional newspaper Panay News and served as president of the Iloilo Press Club (IPC), a media organization. 

PACQUIAO FILES P100M libel cases vs. Quiboloy

Libel case mere propaganda

 September 14, 2021

DAVAO CITY โ€“ The libel cases filed by Senator Manny Pacquiao are retaliatory and politicalin nature considering that election season is coming, said the legal counsel of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.Pacquiao filed PHP100-million libel and cyber libel cases… Read More