Alvarez faces libel charges

May 09, 2019
Pantaleon Alvarez

THE Quezon City Prosecutor’s office has acted in favor of the congressman’s libel complaint against former Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez of Davao del Norte for alleged defamatory statements against him and the his family.

The six-page resolution of Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Dindo Venturanza recommended libel charges against Alvarez after he accused Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. of being a land grabber.

The issue stemmed from Alvarez’s clarifications in a press conference on March 21, 2018 about his properties in Siargao Island reportedly valued at P500-million.

Alvarez confirmed he owned the property, but denied its worth was P500-million and attributed the supposed wrong reports to the camp of Floirendo.

“Hindi Floireindo apelyido ko para maging land grabber,” he stated before the media.

“I have not received the resolution but my lawyer will attend to it as soon as we receive it.     Nothing to worry (about),” said Alvarez. The filing of libel charges against Alvarez stemmed from the latter’s tirades against the Floirendo family, which is operating the 5,000-hectare Tagum Development Corporation (Tadeco).

Alvarez initiated the attacks against Floirendo in an effort to nullify Tadeco’s contract with the government for the production and export of Cavendish banana.

The Floirendo’s camp said the alleged defamatory remarks were carried in both print, TV and online media, that the QC prosecutor notes, “facts which (Alvarez) has no capacity to know, and he and his family are land grabbers, is part of Alvarez’s deliberate effort to injure Floireindo’s reputation and character in the opinion of the people.

Floirendo’s office said the prosecutor took note that Alvarez’s words, “Hindi Floirendo apelyido ko para maging landgrabber,” wrongfully imputes a crime, vice, or defect against the congressman and his family and accused them as land grabbers.