BUSINESSMAN Elizaldy Co and his posh Misibis Bay Resort have filed a P1-billion cyber libel suit against social media giants Facebook and Youtube, and Peter Advincula alias “Bikoy,” over the viral “Ang Totoong Narco List” video that implicated them in the illegal drug trade.
While they were vindicated after being cleared by Advincula, Co and the resort management still filed two separate complaints before the Legazpi City prosecutor’s office seeking the criminal indictment of respondents for cyber libel under Section 4 of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, in relation to libel under Articles 353, 354 and 356 of the Revised Penal Code.
“The truth is finally out. By his own admission, Bikoy said everything in the viral video series that implicated me, Misibis Bay resort and other personalities in the illegal drug trade are pure fabrication,” Co stressed in an interview.
”While my family and I are happy that this episode is finally over, our fight to clear our tarnished name and reputation continues,” he vowed.
Apart from Advincula, the first charge sheet also included as respondent Facebook Philippines, represented by country director John Rubio, and other unidentified individuals responsible for the malicious video.
The complaint sought civil damages from the respondents amounting to P150 million in moral damages and P100 million in exemplary damages as well as payment of 10% for attorney’s fee for each of the two complainants, or a total of P550 million.
The second complaint, on the other hand, named Advincula, Google Philippines as owner of Youtube where the videos circulated, through its country manager Kenneth Lingan, and other unidentified persons as respondents.