The Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office has given the go signal to indict “Thinking Pinoy” blogger Rey Joseph “RJ” Nieto
for calling opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV a “narco” in one of his posts on social media.
In a recently released resolution, city prosecutors recommended that Nieto be brought to trial for violation of Section
4(c)(4) of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 for his “false and baseless defamatory imputation
against complainant (Trillanes).”
“Respondent may be indicted for Cyber-libel, the libel, being committed via Facebook, which necessarily uses a computer
system,” the resolution read.
Nieto, the resolution stated, did not file a counter-affidavit during the preliminary investigation of the case.
Trillanes filed a libel case against Nieto on November 22, 2017 following the blogger’s October 31 post where
he said that
“US President Donald J Trump reportedly called Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a ‘narco’, a colloquial word for a
‘drug baron’ or ‘drug lord.'”
The post on Nieto’s open record was shared by 15,759 Facebook clients and created 62,000 responses.
“The post is additionally malignant, as no great goal and legitimate thought process in making it has appear,”
the determination read.
An oath to Authoritites
It said that while it likewise recognize that open authorities ought not be onion-clean, “this ought not be a reason
for anybody to make ridiculous lies and make up stories against any open authority, particularly so when there is no
great goal or legitimate thought process in doing as such.”
Trillanes said the determination should fill in as a notice to Nieto and different bloggers steady of the organization to quit hawking lies as a feature of their purposeful publicity.
“Their exercises mirror the sort of organization that they bolster. At some point or another, they will all be responsible for their activities,” Trillanes said in an announcement.
Nieto on Saturday said he would in all likelihood document an interest.
“I am mindful of the case since Trillanes announced it to the media. Nonetheless, we didn’t get a duplicate of the grumbling as of not long ago so my insight will record the fitting reaction. I can’t in any way, shape or form answer to a grievance that I have no duplicate of,” he said in an announcement.
“Probably, a movement for reevaluation in view of the absence of notice will be document however I abandon it to my legal counselors to choose the best strategy,” he include.
Slander conveys a punishment of in any event prision correccional or detainment from a half year to multi year to 6 years if a respondent is discover blameworthy.