MANILA—Actor Robin Padilla on Thursday filed a complaint of online defamation and online libel before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against some netizens who have been bashing on the picture he posted on his instagram account.
The basher, who identified herself as Kryssy Kallerki, would like Padilla to be detained for the violation of the law he committed.
In his instagram post, Padilla was holding an election ballot.
However, Padilla’s legal counsel Atty. Rudolf Philip Jurado said that Padilla did not violate any election law.
Jurado said that Padilla was not a registered voter because since he was convicted for his case some years ago, he was deprived of his right of suffrage.
He added that Padilla was just holding a sample ballot when he took picture and that the picture was not taken in a polling precinct.
Jurado argued that the actor was already severely hurt with the bashings by the netizens such that it ended into harsh words, more so on the issue of his previous detention because he did not want any more to recall the bitter effect to his family when he was detained.
He added that the product endorsement of Padilla was also affected by the bashings of some netizens.
In fact, Jurado said, there were some companies, whose products are being endorsed by Padilla, have been calling the actor and telling their apprehensions.
The camp of Padilla expressed fears that the bashing incident may lead to the withdrawal of his product endorsement.
Jurado said that they would meticulously scrutinize the “thread” of the social media account of Padilla to get the names of some netizen bashers and include them in the complaint.
Meanwhile, Atty. Ronald Aguto, Jr., chief of the NBI Anti-Cyber Crime Division, has ordered a team of his personnel to investigate the complaint of Padilla.