2 radio broadcasters convicted of libel

By Ivy Tejano

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Two radio broadcasters were convicted on Friday, March 23, for libel in relation to cybercrime charges earlier filed by the North Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza.

In a seven-page decision signed by Judge Jose Tabosares of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 23-Kidapawan City, the court found the accused Eric Dugaduga Rodinas and Larry Baja Subillaga Jr. guilty of libel for allegedly posting a libelous statement against the complainant on Facebook.

“That on or about May 14, 2017 in Kidapawan City within the jurisdiction of the court, the accused—being a holder of [their respective] Facebook—did then and there willfully, unlawfully and feloniously and publicly and maliciously with intention of attacking the honesty, virtue, honor and integrity, character and reputation of the complainant North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza…,” the court decision said.

Two radio broadcasters were convicted on Friday, March 23, for libel in relation to a cybercrime charges earlier filed by the North Cotabato Provincial Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza in the city. (IVY TEJANO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Two radio broadcasters were convicted on Friday, March 23, for libel in relation to a cybercrime charges earlier filed by the North Cotabato Provincial Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza in the city. (IVY TEJANO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The court said it found sufficient evidence to prove the two mediamen’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Mendoza, in an interview on Tuesday after the Solidarity Walk and Ride for Peace, said she no longer wanted to argue with anyone regarding the conviction of Rodinas and Subillagas, and said she only wanted to respond to the concerns and issues of her constituents appropriately.

“Lipay lang ko (I am happy) because in relation to that [libel case], I had enough. Let this be a reminder to everyone to be careful [with what they are saying and posting online],” Mendoza said.

Rodinas and Subillaga were each meted an indeterminate penalty of four years and one day of prision correccional as minimum to eight years and one day of prision mayor as maximum and to pay a fine of P1 million. They were also directed to pay another P1 million as moral damages and P500,000 as exemplary damages.

 
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