The Beauties and the Beasts: Catriona Gray, Liza Soberano, & Julia Barretto files Libel Cases against Fake News

Feeling down lately? Our gorgeous ladies have their own share of dilemma online as well. Time has changed and more people online should be conscious of their statements against others. The recent ruckus concerns the the gorgeous ladies of this generation and that includes the Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray against Bulgar editor and writer Janice Navida and writer Melba Llanera for spreading her fake undressed photos on social media. Read here

Kapamilya princess, Liza Soberano also files complaint against the defamatory remarks of a telco company she was previously subscribed.

Liza, meanwhile, shared some words of wisdom, saying that “it wouldn’t hurt to be nice online” after she filed legal action.

“And I also want to remind people that rape is not a joke and it shouldn’t be taken lightly,” the actress said.

“I hope that I never see any tweet or Facebook post or anything on social media about people joking about rape because I hope people will start to become courageous to speak up or to stand up for themselves if they have the opportunity and the means to do so,” she added. Read more here

Also another Kapamilya actress, Julia Barretto on Friday filed a cyberlibel complaint and violation of the Safe Spaces Act in the National Bureau of Investigation against former broadcaster Jay Sonza for his malicious social media posts regarding the ABS-CBN talent’s rumored pregnancy.

In his online post, Sonza said Barretto was pregnant with actor Gerald Anderson, the actress’ rumored boyfriend.

“Napatunayan nina Visoy (Visayan Tisoy) Gerald Anderson at anak nina Dennis Padilla at Marjorie Barretto na si Julia Barreto na kapuwa hindi sila bago (The Tisoy Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto, the child of Marjorie and Dennis, found that they are not new),” Sonza wrote.

“After months of love lockdown and ESQ (exact sex quadrant)—something is formed in Julia’s womb. Nahinayak ang batang Dadiangas, Nasiyot man jud oi. Kapugngan pay tren, dili ang gugmang gauros uros tawon. Happy Monday po. Makikibalita ako kung kailan ang kasal sa aking neighbor (I will seek an update on date of the wedding of my neighbor),” Sonza said. Read more here

What is Cyber Libel?

The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 does not really define cyber libel. It penalizes libel, as defined under the Revised Penal Code, but imposes a higher penalty because of the use of information and communication technologies. In Disini, the SC explained this qualifying circumstance arises from the fact that in “using the technology in question, the offender often evades identification and is able to reach far more victims or cause greater harm.”

The elements of libel are the allegation of a discreditable act or condition concerning another; publication of the charge; identity of the person defamed, and existence of malice

As to the first requirement, the allegation must be a 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 natural or juridical person or to blacken the memory of one who is dead. For cyber libel in particular, the publication requirement is satisfied when the allegation is made publicly through the use of information and communication technologies.

For the third requisite, it is not necessary that the person defamed is named. If the totality of the publication makes it possible to determine who the defamed person is, then this element is also satisfied. Finally, malice exists when the offender makes the defamatory statement with the knowledge that it is false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not. Read more here

Data from the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) showed that online libel cases soared from only 22 incidents in 2013 to 661 from January to June 2019; as well as online scam cases from 42 to 550; photo and video voyeurism cases from 10 to 356; and computer-related identity theft cases from 23 to 258.

Cases of online threat, meanwhile, rose from 29 to 217 during the period; system interference or hacking from 12 to 193; unjust vexation from one reported case to 148; cases of illegal access from zero incident to 133; automated teller machine (ATM) and credit card fraud from one reported case to 59; and robbery with intimidation from three to 35 incidents.

Maj. Levy Lozada, spokesperson of the PNP-ACG, attributed the swelling figures to the rising number of internet users in the country.

If all reported cases from 2013 until June 2019 will be consolidated, the data will show that online libel is the cybercrime most committed in the country, with 3,291 incidents recorded nationwide during the period.

This is followed by online scam (2,970), photo and video voyeurism (1,427), computer-related identity theft (1,263), online threat (1,187), system interference or hacking (712), unjust vexation (511), illegal access (346), robbery with intimidation (273), and ATM and credit card fraud (269). Read more here

These gorgeous ladies have their own battles to deal with and if ever you feel down just because of some trolls or online gossips, remember to learn from them.


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