By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/20-April-2012) – In the escalating word war between the camps of Bulan town Mayor Helen de Castro and the perceived mayoralty candidate Vice- Mayor Marneli Ballesteros, the protagonist alter ego’s drew their thirst for a showdown via the airwaves that lead to the filing of a libel complaint against Second District Provincial Board Member Renato Guban by Antonio Gilana, Public information officer of the office of the mayor and a relative of the lady chief executive.
Gilana better known as ‘Tony Boy’, in his complaint with the provincial prosecutors office manifest that on March 11, 2012, between the time of 9 o’clock in the morning and before 11 o’clock of the same day and date, Renato Guban signing in as ‘Bokal Joey Guban’ for his Lingkod Bayan program aired over DWOL FM in this city, commented in the vernacular ” Ako naging bokal, lehitimo, kay binoto ako, ini si Tony Boy nagdaya ini, dinaya sini si Olaf Gotladera”. Gilana asserts in his complaint affidavit, that he is the same person alluded to by Guban in his program which was libelous because it was false and was attributed to him a crime and or defect in character.
The issues raised by Guban on the day in question was an offshoot of the 2004 municipal election result in Bulan, Sorsogon wherein Gotladera lost and the proclamation of Gilana as a winner was overturned because of manifest error. The complainant further avers that he did not commit any offense against the respondent and wonder why he was defame and discredit by Guban in his morning radio program.
Gilana added that board member Guban might have suspected him to have a hand in the cancellation and withdrawal of the radio program of LGU Bulan from Guban’s FM radio station. Guban has the management control of DWOL FM Sorsogon and its affiliate stations PADABA FM 106.1 FM in Bulan, Sorsogon.
In his prayer, Gilana is claiming 1.5 million pesos as compensation for moral damages and for the malicious intrigues attributed by respondent board member. The notarized document concluded that Bokal Joey Guban has irresponsibly and unlawfully humiliated him and his family.
The manifestation of Gilana was received by the provincial prosecutors office April 16, notarized by Prosecutor Charlene Nicolas docketed as V-13-INV 120-1885. BicolToday.com
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