MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Kakie Pangilinan thought she was defending Leni Robredo from personal and “misogynistic” attacks from President Rodrigo Duterte, but the Vice President didn’t see it that way.
In one of her tweets, Pangilinan, daughter of actress Sharon Cuneta and Senator Kiko Pangilinan, she said that if the President can be a rapist, she wondered why the Vice President can’t have a boyfriend.
Robredo, who maintains that she’s not into any affair, accused Pangilinan of spreading fake news. “If you think you’re helping me, you are absolutely wrong. You are practically accusing me of having a boyfriend,” Robredo said, obviously referring to Pangilinan.
Meanwhile, many DDS (Die-hard Duterte Supporters) are calling on the President to file libel charges against Pangilinan for labeling him a “rapist.”
SAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – The California headquarters of The Adobo Chronicles is preparing a lawsuit accusing Sharon Cuneta’s daughter Kakie Pangilinan and blogger Francis Baraan IV for libel.
The complaint, to be filed simultaneously in California and Manila, alleges that Pangilinan and Baraan used their Twitter accounts to disparage the dignity and reputation of the satirical Adobo Chronicles. It stems from a post by AC regarding the Liberal Party’s line-up for the 2022 Senatorial elections in the Philippines. The post included Pangilinan and Baraan among the seven candidates to be fielded by the Opposition, to be named “Siete Palabras,” denoting all talk. (In the last Senatorial elections, LP fielded what they called the “Otso Diretso” none of whom made it to the elected Senate slate.)
In her Twitter post, Pangilinan called AC “bitch.” Baraan, on the other hand, called the AC post “fake news.”
It’s usually private citizens who sue the news media for libel (as in the case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who was convicted for cyber libel.) This time, it is the other way around — a news media (albeit satire) is suing private citizens.