The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed the libel case filed last June by former actress Amalia Fuentes against talent manager Annabelle Rama and TV host-columnist Bianca Gonzales.
The libel suit stemmed from an article done by Bianca Gonzalez where she interviewed Annabelle Rama and Amalia’s name was mentioned. And from Annabelle’s twitter rant against Amalia.
Up to the press time we have not heard any noise from Amalia’s camp.
Second Assistant City Prosecutor John Patrick Corpuz declared that he “finds no good and sufficient reason to charge respondents either for the article published in the newspaper or for the tweets made by Annabelle.”
Corpuz found Gonzales’ article, “a fair and true report of Bianca’s interview of Annabelle.”
Further, he maintained that Rama “was just recounting past event/s in her and husband’s Eddie’s life during the interview. If ever, she revealed events in their life that involved Amalia, that was but part of the narration.”
As for Rama’s tweets in question, Corpuz upheld that “there is no such thing as Internet libel” under the Revised Penal Code. Citing Article 355, he explained, “[it] is very specific that libel can only be committed by means of writing, printing, lithography, engraving, radio, phonograph, painting, theatrical exhibition, cinematographic exhibition or any similar means.
“In 1932, when RPC became a law, there was no computer yet, much less modes of communication via the Internet. They were only introduced recently,” he added.
Corpuz then concluded, “Legislature therefore could not have intended to include Internet communications as a means of committing libel when it codified the criminal statutes in 1932.
“Although lately a Cybercrime Law was enacted, the acts attributed to Bianca and Annabelle as allegedly constituting the crime of libel took place before the enactment of the said law,” he said.