I think we have all read diatribes that have inspired wars of words. In this particular case, the use of ‘backstabber,’ ‘ugly,’ ‘frikin face,’ ‘mother frikin dead kid,’ ‘loser,’ ‘bakla,’ ‘b–ch,’ ‘ass’ and ‘liar,’ plus the fact that the identity of the person being insulted can be inferred, are grounds for libel.
Justine Dimaano, the accused party, made a private exchange of insults between friends public when she wrote about it on her blog, which paved the way for Francesa Vanessa Fugen, Roberto Armando Hidalgo, Danielle Vicaldo and Anthony Jay Foronda to add their own invectives.
Even though Dimaano changed the chat name of her friend, the Marikina Regional Trial Court (RTC) decided that the identity of Celine Quanico was quite clear. The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its decision.
If I understand correctly, this case may reach the Supreme Court and can become groundbreaking as it intertwines as to how libel is defined in the Philippines (which is quite ludicrous, I think), with that of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
And, where did this Theatre of the Absurd occur? In what I thought was the socially barren networking site of — Multiply …
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