pope ph

Bulacan paper publisher held, detained for 2012 libel rap

CITY OF MALOLOS—A community newspaper publisher was arrested and detained here on Wednesday on a charge of libel over stories about alleged fund anomalies in the Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) that implicated Bulacan Rep. Joselito Mendoza and the hospital’s former director.

Rene Acosta, 47, publisher of the weekly Media Eye, was arrested based on a warrant issued by Judge Grace Ruiz of the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on Dec. 28, 2012.

The charge stemmed from two stories written by Acosta in 2011, which claimed that Dr. Hjordis Marushka Celis-Mendoza and Joselito accepted kickbacks from construction work and supplies bought for the BMC. Joselito was Bulacan governor from 2007 to 2010.

Joselito also said Acosta “exposed him to public hatred and ridicule” for the April 28, 2011 post the publisher made on his Facebook account.

The Bulacan prosecutor’s office filed the case in the RTC on May 26, 2012.

Acosta said he was not formally informed by authorities that the complaint had been transmitted to the court. Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Inquirer Central Luzon

Follow Us

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bulacan Medical Center , fund anomalies , Libel , Media , Media Eye , Rene Acosta

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94