Businessman files P1-B cyber libel rap vs 'Bikoy,' Facebook,YouTube

Zaldy Co files P1.1B damage suit vs Facebook, YouTube / Image from Bilyonaryo

The controversial Peter Joemel Advincula as well as two of the Social Media giants, Facebook and Youtube now faces a P1 Billion cyber libel suit filed by a Bicolano businessman and Resort owner, following “Bikoy videos.”

Misibis Resort and Hotel Management, Inc. owner, Elizaldy Co, filed charges before the Legaspi City Prosecutor’s Office on two separate complaints against Advincula, Facebook and Youtube in violation of Section 4 of Republic Act 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, in relation to Articles 353 and 356 of the Revised Penal Code.

In the said viral videos, Advincula admitted that he is Bikoy and revealed the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which tagged the first family and newly elect Senator “Bong” Go of being involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Advincula surrendered to the authorities on Wednesday and revealed that the “Ang Totoong Narcolist videos” are all lies. He also disclosed that it took nine months to create the videos that would discredit the President.

In one of the Bikoy videos, he mentioned Mr. Co as one of the member of the drug syndicate called as the Quadrangle Group and also dragging the name of their luxurious resort, Misibis Bay.

“I and other officers of the Complainant Corporation received several phone calls and/or messages from our business partners, suppliers, creditors, clients, and some concerned individuals, inquiring about the veracity of the statements in the said video,” see Co’s complaint-affidavit.

“Evidently, my good name, business reputation and social standing, as well as the good name, business reputation and goodwill of Misibis Bay Resort, as well as its owner, Complainant Corporation, Misibis Resort, and Hotel Management Inc., which were painstakingly built through the years, were gravely tarnished, irreparably tainted and/or unduly smeared as a result of the publication of the subject video,” Co expressing disappointment over the controversial video.
Co mentioned that, since the Bikoy videos made rounds online, “some banking and financial institutions with which we have significant financial dealings even raised questions on my creditworthiness.”

The businessman’s lawyers requested both Facebook and Youtube to stop streaming the the video since April 26 but the request was ignored.
“Like ‘Bikoy’, Facebook and Youtube must be held accountable. Our legal system shouldn’t allow them to be part of a systematic campaign to destroy people and simply get away with it,” he said in a statement.
With the recent Press statement of Advincula at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame that the “Bikoy” videos were all lies fabricated by members of the political opposition, gave relief to the Businessman and his family.

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