PHILIPPINE CIRCUIT COURTS DELUGED WITH LIBEL CASES

Philippine Supreme Court in session (file photo)
Philippine Supreme Court in session (file photo)

Manila, Philippines – Since the Philippine Supreme Court upheld a cyber libel law in this democratic nation of almost 100 Million people, the circuit courts of Manila, Quezon City and Makati City reported a sudden upsurge in libel cases filed by famous and infamous individuals.  The Philippines’ top court ruled on Tuesday that a cyber crime law penalizing online libel is constitutional, and many critics fear this would all but legalize censorship and crush freedom of speech.

Records from the Clerks of Court from the three metropolitan cities showed dozens of libel cases filed in just the last 24 hours.  The Adobo Chronicles obtained the following high-profile law suits prompted by the Supreme Court decision.

  • Janet Lim-Napoles vs. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.  Napoles sued Santiago for being grilled and humiliated by the senator during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing relative to the investigation of the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam for which Napoles is among those charged.
  • Senator Jinggoy Estrada vs. Senator Teofisto Guingona III. Guigona is being sued for “pre-judging” Estrada in last week’s Senate hearing on the pork barrel scam.
  • Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos vs. The Estate of Corazon Aquino and former President Fidel Ramos. Marcos is suing for defamation of character in connection with her alleged 3,000 pairs of shoes.  She claims she only had 2,686 pairs.
  • Businessman Cedric Lee vs. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).  Lee, the alleged mastermind in the mauling of television host Vhong Navarro is suing to dispute NBI’s claim that Lee kissed model Deniece Cornejo in the elevator during the night of the mauling.  Lee claims the CCTV video was “doctored” by the NBI.
  • President NoyNoy Aquino vs. Maria Teresa Martinez, mother of Filipino Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez. Aquino is suing to clear his name in the allegation that Mrs. Martinez sent an email to the Office of the President asking for financial aid for the young Martinez so that he can compete in the Olympics.  Aquino said he never received such email.
  • Senator Nancy Binay vs. The Adobo Chronicles.  Binay is suing us for this article we posted on our news site.

As of this writing, dozens of other politicians, television personalities and business executives were lining up in the three courts with legal papers in hand.  The Adobo Chronicles will update our readers as soon as we confirm additional libel suits received by the Clerks of Court.

The Philippines’ top court ruled on Tuesday that a cybercrime law penalising online libel is constitutional, disappointing critics who argue it could curb Internet freedom in one of Asia’s most freewheeling democracies.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-philippines-court-cyber-libel-law.html#jCpLe

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