Aiko Melendez files libel case vs Zambales vice governor

Noong Martes, May 7, ay pormal nang sinampahan ng reklamong libel ni Aiko Melendez ang incumbent vice governor ng Zambales na si Angelica Magsaysay-Cheng sa Regional Trial Court, sa Olongapo City.

Ito ay dahil sa paninira sa kanya ni Vice Governor Angel, na  sinasabi nito na sangkot siya sa droga. Kasama ni Aiko sa pag-file niya ng reklamo ang kanyang boyfriend na si Subic Mayor Jay Khonghun at ang tumatayong abogado niya na si Atty. Carlo Bonifacio Alentajan.

“Sa thirty years ko naman sa showbusiness, di ba, never naman ako na-involve sa ganitong usapin (droga)? Ang mapagbintangan ako ng isang bisyong hindi ko naman ginagawa, totally foul ‘yun. Totally malicious. That’s why I’m fighting for this, especially for my children’s sake,” sabi ni Aiko.

Aniya pa, “And gusto ko ring maturuan ng leksyon ‘yung mga taong dapat maturuan ng leksyon, na kung kaya mong gawin sa isang tulad kong artrista, paano pa sa isang ordinaryong tao?

”Matagal kong iningatan ang pangalan ko, tapos sisirain niya lang (Angel)? Maiintindihan ko naman kung si Jay ang kakalabanin o sisirain niya dahil sila ang magkalaban sa politika, pero ‘yung idamay pa ako, na pati ako sisiraan niya, at tungkol pa sa droga ang paninira niya sa akin, totally foul na talaga ‘yun.”

Sinabi naman ng legal counsel ni Aiko na si Atty Alentajan.

“We already filed a criminal case against Angelica Magsaysay-Cheng for the crime of libel. We have already filed it to the office of the city prosecutor office and we will let this case goes to the judicial process.

“This will bring the justice system if there’s crime that has been committed it should be punished.”

Ipinaliwag pa ni Atty. Alentajan kung bakit libel ang ikinaso nila kay Vice Gov. Angel.

 “It’s malicious imputation of a crime defect against the persons of Aiko which is against the law.

“And based on the complain, it was shown on social media aside from social media there has been physical movements of video tracks imputing my client for some kind of vice or malicious imputation upon her character which is totally against the law.”

Nilinaw din ni Atty. Alentajan na, “This is not election related. Aiko is a woman, she has rights. Everybody has rights. She is also a mother of two, she just protecting her rights by filing a case.

“What more if she’s just an ordinary citizen who cannot afford a lawyer? That’s why all of us should responsible in posting or accusing anyone of any malicious imputations.”

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