Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY — Biliran Representative Glenn Chong was ordered arrested by a judge in connection with the libel complaint filed against him by his political rival, Governor Rogelio Espina.
In his order of arrest, Judge Bienvinido Montalla, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16 based in Naval, Biliran, also recommended for a P10,000 bail for Chong.
The June 4 order of arrest issued by Judge Montalla stemmed from a resolution made by acting Provincial Prosecutor Romeo Senson on the libel complaint filed by Gov. Espina.
Chong, however, could not be reached for his comment as he was said to be outside the country. But a close supporter of Chong, who asked not to be identified, dismissed the complaint as a political harassment.
Senson, in his 12-page resolution, found the complaint of Espina to have satisfied all the elements of libel, namely, the imputation of a discreditable act; publication of the imputation; identity of the person defamed and existence of malice.
“Here, the respondent (Chong) made utterances in the radio program “Bidlisiw sa Mahayag nga Kaugmaon” accusing the complainant of being the mastermind in the shooting incident which happened on June 7, 2008,” Senson said, of which a copy of this resolution was obtained by this paper.
“Respondent likewise imputed against the complainant’s family, specifically his brother and father, several crimes. These utterances in itself are defamatory and tends to dishonor, malign and discredit complainant and his family’s name, honor and reputation,” the resolution added.
The case filed against Chong, a neophyte solon who is a lawyer by profession, stemmed from his allegation of the involvement of the governor and his father, Gerardo, in the ambush of his father, Charles, on June 7,2008 at around 7:30 in the evening along P. Inocentes Street, Barangay P.I. Garcia, Naval.
The incident resulted to the deaths of Alberto Parilla and Antonio Barcelo, who were identified to be among the security escorts of Rep. Chong.
Based on the information, on four occasions, Chong accused the governor of Biliran, his father and brother, Rodolfo, of being responsible of the said incident. The young solon also delivered a privilege speech at the House of Representatives denouncing the heinous incident as he again implicated the family of his political rival.
Chong is serving on his fist term as the lone congressional representative of the island-province of Biliran while Espina, who is on his third and final term as governor, is rumored to be gunning for a congressional seat. (JOEY A. GABIETA & MIRIAM GARCIA DESACADA)