Pacquiao's lawyer: Cyber libel charges readied vs 'fake news' monger

Published October 19, 2021, 4:12 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Fake news.

That was how the lawyer of presidential aspirant Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao on Tuesday, October 19, classified the claims made by Frontliners Party-list nominee Jayke Joson on the senator’s cancelled boxing bout.

In a virtual press briefing, lawyer Nikki de Vega, Pacquiao’s legal counsel, said that the claims made by Joson, a former assistant of the senator, that Pacquiao demanded advance payments from the promoter of the canceled fight between him and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, are mere fabrications.

Regarding sa claims nya, to be honest they are fabricated claims. P165 million na kanyang inaadvance daw na pera, those are baseless and false (Regarding his claims, to be honest they are fabricated claims. The said P165 million that he was advancing, those are baseless),” De Vega said.

According to her, Joson is not even privy to the contract between Pacquiao and Paradigm Sports, the promotion arm of combat sports manager Audie Attar who also manages McGregor.

As lawyers, bago namin tinitignan yung testimony, tinitignan muna yung credibility ng witness. So sino ba si Jhayke Joson sa larangan ng boxing? The answer is very simple, wala pong legal personality si Jhayke Joson sa larangan ng boxing. Ang binanggit niyang kontrata, hindi po siya kasama sa kontratang iyon. Hindi po siya signatory, hindi po siya party (As lawyers, before we look into the testimony, we look first into the credibility of the witness. Who is Jayke Jososn in the field of boxing? The answer is very simple, Jayke Joson has no legal personality in the field of boxing. He has nothing to do with the contract he was mentioning. He is not a signatory, he is not a party to it),” De Vega said.

May tinatawag tayong best evidence rule. Pag pinag-uusapan ang kontrata, the terms of the contract will govern. He’s not even a party to the contract. So nagtataka kami, kung saan nanggagaling yung mga ganong klaseng sinasabi na naglabas siya ng 65 million. We categorically deny, ito ay mga kathang isip, hindi po ito totoo (We have the so-called best evidence rule. When it comes to a contract, the terms of the contract will govern. He is not even a party to the contract. We are surprised where he got what he is saying that he cashed out 65 million. We categorically deny, this is an imagination, this is not true),” the lawyer added.

What motivated Joson’s to raise the issue since he and Pacquiao have been at odds for around a year already.

She also revealed that Pacquiao has asked her to file charges against Joson.

Alam mo naman pag election season, talagang maraming nagsasalita. Hindi natin alam pagdating ng eleksyon kung ano yung mga motibo ng kalaban, ng kakampi, o kung ano man especially sa kalaban (You know, it’s election time. Many people are talking. We really do not the motives behind the enemies, the allies, or whoever, especially the enemy),” De Vega said.

“What I can disclose is, of course, yung cyberlibel. Alam niyo po si Senator Manny talagang sabi niya he follows the rule of law (You know, Senator Pacquiao really follows the rule of law). Very important sa kanya niyan. Basta yung gumagawa po ng istorya, fabricated po, false, lies, falsehoods. Sabi niya, attorney kasuhan natin iyan. Susundin natin yung batas para hindi na siya pamarisan pa ng iba. (That is very important to him. Those who create stories, fabricated, false, lies, falsehood. He said, file cases against him. We will follow the law so others will not do it),” he added.

 
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