SUN.STAR Davao will contest the libel conviction of its editor-in-chief Stella Estremera, who along with former publisher Antonio M. Ajero, was rendered guilty by Regional Trial Court (RTC) 18 Judge Carmelita Sarno-Davin last Tuesday in Digos City.
Estremera said the decision does not sit well with them as it should not sit well with all other journalists.
"Because if you base it on the news story from which the libel case came from, you would realize that all of us can be convicted because it's a police report and nothing else. There wasn't even a follow-up. There wasn't even a quotation from anybody. It was just a police report from a blotter listing 32 people, among them was the complainant," she said in an interview with reporters at her office on Wednesday.
"You know, you are a reporter, that in a blotter, a case wherein 32 names are listed, you just list down. You normally have no means of calling him up. But the decision did not cover the reporter who took the witness stand and said he tried to call the complainant but to no avail," she added.
Still, Estremera expressed relief that judgment was already rendered, even though it was unfavorable.