Kris Aquino sues Jesus Falcis for cyberlibel over Instagram, Twitter posts
Kris Aquino has filed nine counts of cyberlibel against abogado Jesus Falcis over the Instagram and Twitter posts he made against her in recent weeks.
In a complaint filed before the Department of Justice Thursday (November 22), Aquino accused Falcis of posting “offensive and humiliating” content against her on his social media accounts.
“While I am a well-known celebrity, respondent does not have the unbridled license to malign my honor and dignity by indiscriminately posting malicious statements against me,” she said.
Aquino sued Falcis for nine counts of cyberlibel because of the nine social media posts he made against her starting November 14.
In these posts, the abogado called the actress and television host a “liar,” “spoiled oligarch brat,” “sinungaling,” “pa victim” and someone who always longs for a man’s attention.
Falcis also mocked Aquino over her “urticaria-prone skin,” which was a result of the medical condition she was recently diagnosed with.
In one post, Falcis even dragged the names of Aquino’s deceased parents, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino.
“By the way Ms. Aquino, how were the Bon Chon, Jollibee and Pancake House that you ate? It’s hard to be the child of Ninoy and Cory. But your other siblings turned out okay. Why did you turn out that way?” he said in an Instagram post.
Aquino had filed several criminal cases against Falcis’ brother, Nicko, in five Metro Manila cities last October over the unauthorized charges he made using the corporate credit card of her company, Kris C. Aquino Productions.
The actress said Falcis cannot use freedom of speech and the press as a defense.
“If the utterances are false, malicious or irrelevant to matters of public interest involving public figures, the same may give rise to criminal and civil liability,” she said.
Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 imposes penalties that are one degree higher than those provides for in existing laws for crimes committed with the aid of a computer or other similar means.