By MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR.
CEBU CITY, Philippines – A Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge here ordered the arrest of a woman over alleged libelous comment she posted on Facebook four years.
Caroline Jane Yongco-Po posted P10,000 bail just moments after elements of the Mabolo Police Station served her arrest warrant while she was inside her hardware in Mandaue City.
Judge Douglas Marigomen of RTC 7 Branch 5 issued the arrest warrant against Po last April 18, 2012 after her former friend, Happy Melendres, of Cebu City, filed a complaint against her in 2008.
In her online post, she alluded to someone as a prostitute and named the woman’s husband. Po’s comment that earned her the arrest warrant was posted in December 2008.
Melendres said her complaint was dismissed by two Cebu City prosecutors. Undeterred, she filed an appeal before the Department of Justice which reversed the order of the two prosecutors.
This is not the first arrest made in Cebu that stemmed from libel case due to Facebook posts.
Last year, Barili Vice Mayor Marlon Garcia filed a libel complaint against a couple, Jarl and Dimple Vergara, for calling him dumb on Facebook. Jarl was a casual employee of the Barili Municipal Government, where political clashes have been heating up.
Last January, a nurse filed criminal and civil charges against her own cousin for allegedly maligning her on Facebook.
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