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Trillanes kinasuhan si RJ Nieto (Thinking Pinoy) ng cyberlibel matapos akusahan na drug lord

Trillanes kinasuhan si RJ Nieto (Thinking Pinoy) ng cyberlibel matapos akusahan na drug lord

The Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office sided with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and recommended the filing of a cyberlibel charge against Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto over a Facebook post claiming that US President Donald Trump called the opposition senator a drug lord.



Prosecutors recommended that Nieto, a rabid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, be charged with a violation of Section 4(c)(4) of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which carries a penalty of six months and one day to six years imprisonment.

In a three-page resolution dated January 16 but only released to Senate reporters on Saturday (June 30), Associate Prosecution Attorney Honey Rose Delgado said Nieto “may be indicted for cyber-libel, the libel, being committed via Facebook, which necessarily uses a computer system.”

“This should serve as a warning for Mr. Nieto and other Duterte bloggers to stop peddling lies, as part of their propaganda. Their activities reflect the kind of administration that they support. Sooner or later, they will all be accountable for their actions,” Trillanes said in a statement.

The complaint stems from Nieto’s October 31, 2017 Facebook post where he said, “US President Donald J. Trump reportedly called Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ F. Trillanes IV a ‘Narco’, a colloquial word for a ‘drug baron’ or ‘drug lord.’”

However, Delgado said Nieto’s post is “malicious,” and “false and baseless.”

“It is true that a public official, more especially an elected one, should not be onion skinned. Strict personal discipline is expected of an occupant of a public office because a public official is a property of the public,” she said.

“However, this should not be an excuse for anyone to make baseless lies and make up stories against any public official, especially so when there is no good intention or justifiable motive for doing so,” she continued.


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Source: Politiko

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