Las­ti­mosa Ap­peals Li­bel Con­vic­tion

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Ar­guably the big­gest me­di­are­lated story in Cebu in 2013, the Re­gional Trial Court ( RTC) found jour­nal­ist Leo Las­ti­mosa guilty of li­bel. Judge Raphael Yras­torza said that based on Las­ti­mosa’s pre­vi­ous col­umns and broad­cast com­men­taries, it was clear that his col­umn piece “Si Dol­ing Kawatan ( Dol­ing the Thief)” re­ferred to then Cebu Gov. Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia.

Judge Yras­torza or­dered Las­ti­mosa, man­ager of the ra­dio sta­tion DYAB and news an­chor of ABS- CBN Cebu, to pay a fine of P2,000 and pay the for­mer gover­nor P2 mil­lion in mo­ral dam­ages.

The col­umn, pub­lished in The Free­man on June 29, 2007, had de­scribed Dol­ing as a fish­mon­ger who was “a thief, cor­rupt, ar­ro­gant, vin­dic­tive and cruel.” Gar­cia her­self took the wit­ness stand.

Las­ti­mosa has filed an ap­peal.

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