Mayor to sue woman over Net-bashing

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

WHEN Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy opened his Facebook account on Nov. 10 last year, he read a message from a person that was screen-captured by his relative.

The message from a certain Nerissa Omolon read: “Ang dakilang kawatan? Ang atong halandong Mayor Adelino Sitoy (The great thief? Our honorable Mayor Adelino Sitoy).”

Below the texts, Mayor Sitoy’s picture was allegedly posted on Omolon’s Facebook account.


Three days later, Mayor Sitoy read messages that were allegedly posted by Omolon: “Ang mayor nga kawatan dako (The mayor who is a big thief),” and “Ang mayor nga kurakot (The mayor is corrupt).”

Aside from Mayor Sitoy and Cordova Municipal Councilor Ximgil Sitoy, Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino and lawyer Fritz Baguio were able to read the messages in the popular social networking site.

Mayor Sitoy filed two counts of libel before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office against Omolon, who is reportedly a resident of Sitio Baya, Barangay Ibabao, Cordova.

He also charged Madelyn Magsalos Densing with five counts of libel.

On the same day he read Omolon’s messages, Councilor Sitoy also captured the messages allegedly posted by Densing in Facebook.

Mayor Sitoy, in his affidavit, said he also read the posts: “Ang mayor nga kawatan dako ug kurakot (The mayor who is a big thief and a corrupt),” and “Mao atong mayor nga kurakot (Really our mayor is corrupt).”

On Nov. 11 last year, he again read messages from Densing that accused him of being corrupt and a thief.

Densing allegedly repeated her posting of demeaning messages against Mayor Sitoy in Nov. 15 and Nov. 25.

The public official said the posts by the respondents are “blatantly libelous.”

“The...statements having been posted in (their)Facebook account(s)and exposed to the
public at large is susceptible to being viewed and read by many others aside from (Omolon and Densing),” he said in his affidavit.

In his complaint, Mayor Sitoy included his academic qualifications, writing career, teaching experiences, previous government positions, and awards.

Under the Revised Penal Code, libel is defined as a “public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission,
condition, status, or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit, or contempt” of a person.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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