Ted Failon Posts Bail For Libel Charges
Ringo | On 16, Aug 2017
Veteran broadcaster Ted Failon posts bail for libel charges.
On Tuesday, Failon posted the bail at the local court in Tagaytay City after he was indicted for alleged questionable content of the ABS-CBN current affairs show “Failon Ngayon.”
The libel case was filed by former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino. Three more members of the staff of the show were also included in the lawsuit.
The libel case stemmed from a “Failon Ngayon” episode that tackled the MMDA’s alleged questionable purchase of 18 motorcycles in 2014, which were used during the Visit of Pope Francis in Manila.
In his complaint, Tolentino claimed his reputation was tarnished when Failon raised a question about the purchase on his program.
The Tagaytay City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause to indict Failon and the three more staff members of the program. He said there is the freedom of speech but it’s not absolute. He also explained that the accused should be treated innocent until proven guilty despite the story was based on the COA report.
The Tagaytay RTC Judge Ethel Gutay then issued a warrant of arrest against Failon.
Failon has appealed to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to transfer the case to another location noting Tagaytay is Tolentino’s bailiwick. The DOJ has yet to reply.