4 broadcasters face P9M civil suit

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Friday, December 27, 2013

ILOILO City Police Office intelligence officer Chief Inspector Ipil Dueñas filed on Friday a P9-million civil suit against four city-based radio broadcasters for using “indecent language and profane words, damaging his reputation.”

Lawyer Crisostomo Akol, Dueñas’s lawyer, said the case filed against broadcaster-commentators Jun Capulot, John Sapio, Josel Banias and John Paul Tia of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo is not an attack on press freedom but a concrete upliftment of responsible broadcasting.

He said the case was filed last December 19 but a supplemental charge was filed on December 27.

The lawyer said that profane and humiliating words against his client were used by the respondents while broadcasting on the air against on November 29, December 3 and December 26.

Akol said he is asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order or gag order against further broadcasts of the four commentators.

He said the court will have to decide immediately within 24 hours after receiving the case documents with preponderance of evidence.

The broadcasts, he added, are tortuous act that demand filing of civil damages.

The broadcasters made commentaries on the ambush of retired Police Superintendent Musa Amiong on November 22 that led to Amiong’s death three days later.

Sun.Star failed to get the sides of the respondents. (LCP)

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