Pacquiao files cyberlibel suit against Quiboloy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2021   •   193

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday (September 14) filed a P100 million cyberlibel case against Pastor Apollo Quiboloy at the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office.

According to Pacquiao, Quiboloy is using his influence to spread fake news. Quiboloy, owner of Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), alleged that the senator misused funds for the unfinished Sarangani Sports Training Center.

Quiboloy also claimed in his social media post that the project had cost the government P3.5 billion as he showed pictures of dilapidated bleachers with overgrown grass.

Based on Pacquiao’s complaint, Quiboloy should pay P100 million in damages plus attorney’s fees for “using his power and influence to spread fake news and false information.”

Itong picture na ito, 1995-1996 na project panahon pa ni [President Fidel]Ramos. Bata pa ako noon. Talaga namang sirang-sira ang pangalan ko kapag ganoon. Hindi naman totoo. So kailangan ko lang aksyunan at hindi na pamarisan itong mga ganitong pangyayari. Lalong lalo na isang Philippine senator ang ginaganyan niya, paano pa kaya ang mga walang kaya, mga maliliit, ” the senator said.

(This picture was taken in 1995-1996 and was a project under [President Fidel] Ramos’ term. I was still young then. My name has been tarnished because of this. It’s not even true. We need to take action to avoid similar situations from happening. If [Quiboloy] can do this to a Philippine senator, what more can he do to an ordinary citizen?)

Pacquiao added that the P3.5 billion project that Quiboloy mentioned is actually the Philippine Sports Complex in which Senator Bong Go is a proponent.

The senator said he does not want to fight  Quiboloy but would just want to uphold the truth. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)    

 

Pacquiao insists legitimacy of his PDP-Laban group after Cusi faction files petition

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday maintained that they are the legitimate members and representatives of the ruling political party PDP-Laban.

Pacquiao issued the statement after the faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi filed a petition urging the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to declare them as illegitimate members of the PDP-Laban.

“Hihintayin natin ang desisyon ng COMELEC kasi naniniwala kami na kami ang legit PDP,” Pacquiao said in a virtual press conference he held after he ended his 10-day quarantine.

“Ang mahigit 100,000 members ng PDP naniniwala sa ’tin, nakasuporta at nandito lahat sa atin ang lahat ng database ng partido mula ng ito ay itinatag hanggang sa kasalukuyan,” he added.

Cusi’s wing on Tuesday filed a petition seeking to declare Pacquiao and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as illegal representatives of the party.

In response to the petition, Pimentel maintained that there is only one PDP-Laban founded by his father, former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., which he “never left together with thousands of party diehards at the grassroots level.”

Pimentel’s faction has been pushing for the possible presidential bid of Pacquiao while Cusi’s was endorsing the tandem of Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2022 elections.

Cusi’s faction earlier held a convention where they formally nominated the Go-Duterte tandem.

Pacquiao, meanwhile said they will also have their own convention on Sept. 19 where they will elect new party officials and reveal their plans for the upcoming elections.

The two factions have been locked in an ongoing rift, with Pimentel’s group ousting Duterte as party chairman and Cusi from party leadership.

Cusi’s camp also removed Pimentel as the party’s executive vice chairman and Pacquiao as party president.

Spence-Pacquiao fight not happening on August 21

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The much-awaited Spence-Pacquiao bout this year will no longer happen on August 21.

In a sudden decision, Unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. withdrew from the fight with boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao due to an eye injury.

Spence, through his Instagram account announced the sad news saying: “Unfortunately, the doctors found a small tear in my eye and said I need to get surgery ASAP.”

“There is no way I can fight with my eye in that condition. I would like to apologize to everyone and thank you all for the support,” he added.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, tweeted in reaction to Spence saying he prays for the latter’s full recovery.

Duterte on Pacquiao’s corruption allegations: ‘I think he’s punch-drunk’

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night lambasted Senator Manny Pacquiao  anew for alleging that billions of pesos have been lost to corruption in government agencies.

Pacquiao earlier alleged that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) failed to properly distribute P10 billion worth of financial aid from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

“Mga kaibigan huwag kayong maniwala diyan,” Duterte said during his public address Monday night.

“Papayag ba naman ang [Commission on Audit]? Hindi lang iyan. Papayag ba kami? Papayag ba ang mga secretary ng mga departamento na ganun may mawala 10 billion? That is a statement coming from a guy who is punch-drunk, lasing,” he added.

Pacquiao claimed anomaly in the DSWD’s transaction with the digital wallet service provider Starpay Corporation.

The boxer-senator said he has evidence to prove that the program is missing P10 billion in SAP funds and that he will ask the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to investigate.

Both DSWD and Starpay have denied the allegations.

Pacquiao’s accusations came after President Duterte challenged him to prove his claims that corruption under the Duterte government has worsened.

The Chief Executive said the senator’s corruption claims are just part of a strategy given the latter’s obvious plan to take the highest position in the upcoming 2022 elections. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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