ABS-CBN official posts bail in GMA libel case

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ABS-CBN chair and former chief executive officer Eugenio Lopez III posted bail of P20,000 Monday in a Quezon City court for two counts of libel filed against him and 12 other officials by rival TV network GMA 7 in connection with a dispute over the alleged illegal use of an exclusive video footage taken of a Filipino released by his Iraqi captors in 2004.

Lopez is the 11th ABS-CBN official to post bail out of the 13 accused who include ABS-CBN president and chief operating officer Luis Alejandro; Jose Ramon Olive, network officer-in-charge and senior vice president for news and cultural affairs; Jake Maderazo, vice president for news operations; Luisita Cruz-Valdes, former vice-president for news productions and programs; Jose Magsaysay Jr., assistant vice president for news operations; and Alfonso Marquez, director for news operations.

Also included in the libel charges were broadcast journalists Erwin Tulfo and Lynda Jumilla; Beth Frondoso, executive producer of the defunct network news program “Insider;” Maria Progena Estonilo Reyes and Annie Eugenio, respectively supervising producer and executive producer of “Magandang Umaga Bayan;” and Dondi Garcia, executive producer of “News Patrol.”

Court staffer Roilo Laranjo told the Inquirer that only two of the accused—Alejandro and Tulfo—had yet to post bail. Some of the accused have since left ABS-CBN.

The two counts of libel stemmed from a complaint filed by GMA 7 which claimed that ABS-CBN, in several news broadcasts and bulletins, implied that the former “stole” its exclusive July 21, 2004 video showing the arrival in the country of Filipino worker Angelo de la Cruz following his release by Iraqi hostage takers who held him for two weeks.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the filing of the case in a December 2011 resolution after she ruled that GMA7 was able to prove probable cause. In particular, she cited the following statements: “theft of our exclusive video” and “pirating of footage,” “stealing is a serious crime” and “stealing video,” allegedly uttered by Tulfo and Jumilla.

She said the statements were sufficient to publicly convey that GMA had stolen video footage, thus, injuring its reputation.

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  • indiosbravos2002

    Last paragraph…. GMA had stolen video foootage.

    Naguluhan ako don ah akala ko ABS CBN ang nagnakaw. TOINK! Wala na namang nagproof read ng news.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RSO7HLXTHYFSSDP7KMHTVEE2MM anthony

      toink! basahin mu ulet baka maintindihan mo na…

      • mulanay

        ikaw dapat, anthony ang ma-toink! basahin mo ulit an komento ni indiosbravos at lumitaw na naintindihan nya na.

  • batangsulpok

    Pati ba naman ito ay pinag-aawayan?  Dito nga sa U.S. ay nagpapahiraman ng mga footage ang magkakalabang networks pero sa Pilipinas, kaniya-kaniya, makasarili kaya papaano magkakasundo ang mga Pilipino?

  • joshua kings

    turf war, for domination….

    just like the erap vs dirty harry now brewing controversy….

    • mulanay

      eh kung akusahan ka ba naman na nagnakaw, papayag ka ba kung hindi totoo, huh? 

  • Komen To

    Truth in media reporting is non negotiable, otherwise people will no longer trust media outfits. I hope this case comes to a close and the truth be known. But most importantly, may the lesson learned change and improve our media outfits and doubts against them be removed

    Imagine if media will be used for propaganda, used by attack and collect broadcasters, used to ever up crimes, used by powerful people. People do not want media to be used for personal reasons. People want to hear the truth and nothing but the truth

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.dereks.5 Andrew Dereks

      Mas magaling ang abs kasi mas maraming locally-produced programs. Hindi tulad ng gma, puro cartoons o kaya movies and nagre-rate sa kanila! Pagdating sa news TV patrol talaga ako kc brief, concise at malaman, di tulad ng 24 oras na parang pinaghahalo nila ang news at documentary. sa gabi, bandila ako, at may advocacy ang mga current affairs shows pagkatapos ng bandila. de lima, paepal lang, nabasura na nga uungkatin pa, ANG PAKIALAMAN MO UNG MGA MAS MALALA! UNG VIDEO SEX SCANDAL NG ATTORNEY DYAN SA QUEZON CITY, MAY GINAGAWA KA BA? ISANG MALAKING PWEH SA YO!

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