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FB com­ments lead to wed­ding or­ga­nizer’s ar­rest

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Stella A. Estremera

DEC­LA­RA­TIONS of “my wall my posts” will not pro­tect one from crim­i­nal charges and worst, be­ing ar­rested and go­ing through all the in­con­ve­nience of fac­ing a crim­i­nal case as this wed­ding or­ga­nizer has to when he was ar­rested while in a pop­u­lar restau­rant here at around 3:10., Fri­day, July 27, 2018.

Wed­ding or­ga­nizer Jef­fer­son Ca­jes y Man­ic­sic, 29, was ar­rested by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Anti-Cy­ber­crime Group East­ern Min­danao Unit through a war­rant of ar­rest is­sued by Re­gional Trial Court 11 Branch 10 Judge Ret­rina E. Fuentes.

He posted P24,000 bail the fol­low­ing day, July 28, for his tem­po­rary lib­erty.

Ca­jes was in­dicted for one count of li­bel vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 4(c)(4) in re­la­tion to Sec­tion 6 (Cy­ber-li­bel) of Repub­lic Act 10175 and also in re­la­tion to Ar­ti­cles 353 and 355 (Li­bel) of the Re­vised Pe­nal Code on June 5, 2018 as re­solved by Prose­cu­tor Daniel M. Fer­nan­dez.

This is the sec­ond li­bel case Ca­jes was in­dicted for with the same com­plainant, Eli­nor Marcelino.

Marcelino’s sec­ond com­plaint stemmed from a com­ment thread that al­luded to her among wed­ding or­ga­niz­ers on Face­book from a photo posted by Jhunex Dasillo, also a free­lance wed­ding co­or­di­na­tor and staff of fel­low wed­ding co­or­di­na­tor Rey­mund Navarro aka Korine Navarro, show­ing Dasillo and Navarro and other col­leagues. The thread was started by Ca­jes in­sin­u­at­ing that Marcelino has al­ready lost the trust of clients and thus Navarro is get­ting the con­tracts.

“(C)om­plainant claims that what the re­spon­dent did to her de­stroyed her rep­u­ta­tion as an event or­ga­nizer and pres­i­dent of Davao Event Sup­pli­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (DESA), dis­cred­it­ing her and made her an ob­ject of pub­lic ridicule,” the Of­fice of the City Pros­e­cu­tion res­o­lu­tion read. The OCP res­o­lu­tion found prob­a­ble cause to in­dict Ca­jes on this.

On Jan­uary 21, 2016, the CPO also in­dicted Ca­jes for an ear­lier li­bel com­plaint by Marcelino where Ca­jes al­legedly posted Marcelino’s cutout photo that made her look like Janet Napoles, a most ridiculed per­sona at that time be­cause of the lat­ter’s in­volve­ment in du­bi­ous multi-bil­lion pe­sos govern­ment dis­burse­ments. There were other posts by the ac­cused where Marcelino claimed she was de­scribed as a swine, a croc, a crook, and a tip-beg­gar.

This first case is still in court.

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