COURT DROPS CON­TEMPT CHARGES AGAINST 6 WVISAYAS JOUR­NAL­ISTS

Manila Times - - Regions - EU­GENE Y. ADIONG

BA­COLOD CITY: A City Court re­cently dis­missed for lack of merit and lack of ju­ris­dic­tion the con­tempt charges a lawyer filed against six jour­nal­ists from three lo­cal dailies here. In a de­ci­sion dated Oc­to­ber 2, 2018 Judge Fran­cisco Pando of Branch

4 of Mu­nic­i­pal Trial Court and Cities, 6th Ju­di­cial Re­gion stated “the court finds no suf­fi­cient fac­tual ba­sis to cite the re­spon­dents in con­tempt. Lawyer Rey Gor­gonio filed the mo­tion against Dolly Yasa and Le­muel Fer­nan­dez of the Daily Guardian, Eu­gene Adiong and Ar­man Toga of Ne­gros Daily Bul­letin, and Do­minic Banaga and David Fa­jardo of Watch­men Daily Jour­nal. The case stemmed from the ar­ti­cles the re­porters wrote on the court de­ci­sion quot­ing a dis­pos­i­tive por­tion on the case that Gor­gonio filed against Ed­mundo Diaz for col­lec­tion of a sum of money with dam­ages. Gor­gonio claimed the news writ­ers and pub­lish­ers “with ma­li­cious in­tent and in or­der to mis­led the pub­lic that con­se­quently de­grade and un­der­mine the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice, de­lib­er­ately mis­quoted and mis­rep­re­sented the con­tents of the de­ci­sion of the case.” He also claimed that the writ­ers of the ar­ti­cle in­tended to put him in a bad light. But Yasa, Toga, Adiong and Banaga con­tended that all they did was quote the de­ci­sion of the court and the ar­ti­cle did not con­tain their opin­ion or per­sonal ob­ser­va­tion. In dis­miss­ing the con­tempt case, the court said the “plain­tiff only pre­sented as ev­i­dence the pub­lished news ar­ti­cles in ques­tion, how­ever the same is sim­ply not enough to prove the writ­ers and pub­lish­ers of the said news ar­ti­cles have caused its pub­li­ca­tion with the in­tent to mis­lead the pub­lic by de­lib­er­ately and ma­li­ciously mis­quot­ing the court’s de­ci­sion.”

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