Saturday, July 20, 2019

Woman indicted for online libel

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor has indicted a woman who allegedly maligned the reputation of her half-sister through several Facebook posts in 2016.

Prosecutor Leah Cruz found evidence to charge Delia Andrada-Takasakura with violation of Republic Act 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

“Branding complainant as a swindler, liar, and one who falsified her own birth certificate are obviously malicious imputations of criminal acts, which tend to cause dishonor, discredit and contempt of complainant,” reads a portion of the resolution.

Complainant Ma. Cristina Arquillano filed the online libel case against Takasakura before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Arquillano of Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, and Takasakura are reportedly half-sisters.

Takasakura allegedly posted messages on Facebook maligning Arquillano on various dates in 2016.

Arquillano said that a relative informed her that Takasakura posted messages on her Facebook wall criticizing her and her family.

The posts allegedly contained “injurious and defamatory remarks” meant to expose Arquillano to “public hatred, contempt, and ridicule, without due regard for truth, propriety, and fairness.”

The complainant said she suffered “mental anguish, fright, serious anxiety, besmirched reputation, wounded feelings, moral shock and social humiliation.”

Takasakura failed to submit her counter-affidavit, prompting the prosecutor to resolve the complaint based on the evidence submitted by the complainant.

“Complainant suffered sleepless nights and have avoided neighbors and people at the church because they have also read the posts against her,” Cruz said. (GMD)
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