EXECUTIVE Secretary Salvador Medialdea filed another libel complaint against Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy to China Ramon Tulfo on Tuesday at the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.
The complaint was for two counts of libel and cyberlibel in connection with the publication of two columns in The Manila Times.
The paper’s president and several editors were also impleaded as respondents.
The libel complaint arose from Tulfo’s July 20 column entitled, “There goes Cayetano as House speaker, also Medialdea” and “You will have your karma, Bingbong Medialdea,” that came out on July 23.
In the first column, Tulfo hinted that Medialdea issued a memorandum circular on the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee Foundation without the knowledge of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In the second column, Tulfo decried the filing of a libel complaint against him by the executive secretary.
Medialdea himself filed the complaint on Tuesday.
In July, the Palace official filed a libel complaint against Tulfo, The Manila Times President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Francis Ang 2nd, Chief Operating Officer
Blanca Mercado, Publisher-Editor Nerilyn Tenorio, Executive Editor Arnold Belleza, News Editor Leena Chua and National Editor Lynette Luna in connection with the column, “The law of karma and Trillanes” that was published on May 28, 2019.
In the column, Tulfo claimed that Medialdea was the “benefactor” of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board member Sandra Cam.
The Times’ officers and editors had sought the dismissal of the complaint, saying it was “nothing but harassment.”
“Not only were the respondents wrongfully impleaded, but also the accusation of libel was made without any legal or factual basis. The questioned article was published without malice it being a fair commentary against a public figure on matters concerning public interest,” they said in their affidavit.