Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY – Biliran Governor Rogelio Espina expressed confidence that the libel charges that he filed against his political nemesis, Representative Glenn Chong, would prosper.
Espina insisted that when he filed the four counts of libel against the neophyte solon, politics was far behind it.
“It was him who uttered those libelous remarks and not me. It was not political harassment as he claimed,” the outgoing Biliran governor said.
Judge Bienvenido Montalla, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16, who found merit on the libel complaint filed by Espina, ordered for the arrest of the solon.
Chong, however, immediately posted a bail of P40,000 for the four counts of libel charged against him.
The solon, on various radio interviews, alleged that Espina and his family was behind the ambush try of his father, Charlie, on June 7, 2008 which resulted to the death of his security escorts, Alberto Parilla and Antonio Barcelo.
Chong said that he would defend his name and reputation on the libel charges filed against him as he branded it as political harassment.
Gov. Espina said that the allegations that his family was behind the ambush try was unfair, reason why he decided to file the libel charges against his political rival.
“And I am confident that we will win on this (legal) battle,” the governor said.
He said that to be blamed by a congressman on the ambush incident involving his father was not an ordinary thing considering Chong’s position.
“If we will not defend our name, our people might really think that we are indeed behind the incident as he claimed. He is a congressman of our province,” Espina said.
Espina did not hide his intention to challenge Chong to represent the lone congressional district of the province. Chong ran and won against Espina’s father in the 2007 elections. (JOEY A. GABIETA)