• Ai-Ai de las Alas flouts gag order, risks contempt raps

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    The camp of the estranged husband of comedienne Ai-Ai de las Alas has filed a petition asking a Quezon City court to cite the comedian for indirect contempt for granting interviews despite a gag order issued by the court.

    In a five-page petition, Jed Salang through counsel Joel Ferrer said that de las Alas violated the June 19 gag order issued by Branch 94 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Roslyn Rabara-Tria when she granted interviews to the media.

    “Even after the issuance of said gag order, respondent appeared in different forms of media while peddling the merits of her case,” read the petition, which was raffled to the QC-RTC Branch 216.

    “This is in direct violation not only of the gag order but the sub judice rule as well, to the extreme prejudice of petitioner [Salang],” it added.

    The petition cited the July 2013 issue of The Buzz Magazine, which included an article that allegedly revealed “information pertaining to the merits of” the case between de las Alas and Salang.

    An article that appeared in the July 2013 issue of YES! Magazine where de las Alas allegedly “discusses, with appalling clarity and depth the issues pertaining to the merits of respondent’s case was also cited in the petition.

    “It may not be amiss to emphasize that in the Postscript section of the same article, it was revealed that Salang and Ferrer turned down interview requests in deference to the sub judice rule and the gag order,” the petition added.

    De las Alas was also accused of appearing in television on a segment of ABS-CBN program The Buzz.

    “Her extrajudicial representations effectively engendered a negative perception against Salang in the minds of the public especially that she is a well-known celebrity,” read the petition.

    “These representations tend, directly or indirectly, to influence the decision of the controversy and consist in unlawful interference with the proceedings,” it added.

    The case stemmed from the May 24 case filed by de las Alas against Salang, whom she accused of physically abusing her.

    She also asked the court to issue a permanent protection order against her estranged husband. The court issued a temporary protection order on May 27.

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