Court issues arrest warrant for Neri Naig, Star Magic manager for libel

The two face libel charges over an Instagram post.

Photo via Neri Naig's Instagram account

 

(SPOT.ph) According to a report from Inquirer.net, a regional trial court judge in Cebu has issued an arrest warrant for actress Neri Naig and Star Magic road manager Danilyn Nunga.

 

The issue started in 2015 when Naig and Nunga were accused of libel over an alleged Instagram post made on April 30. Nunga allegedly posted a photo of the complainants, Clarence Taguiam and Donna Marie Go, calling them "bogus and fictitious" sellers of a Go Pro Hero3 Action Camera. Naig supposedly reposted it on her Instagram account.

 

Taguiam and Go learned of the alleged defamatory remark and filed a libel complaint in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Go denied having ever sold to or dealt with the two, and demanded them to remove the post, clarify the situation, and issue a public apology. And while Naig and Nunga did eventually delete their posts, they didn't apologize or make attempts to clear any names.

 

The Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office found sufficient grounds to indict them both in October 2015. Neither of the two had reportedly presented themselves to the court to post bail, which eventually led to Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya of the Regional Trial Court Branch 5 to issue an arrest warrant dated January 13, 2016.

 

In a separate report by PEP.ph, Nunga's camp requested a reinvestigation because of lack of due process, but was subsequently denied. Meanwhile, Naig's camp has yet to release a statement on the issue.

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