PEP wins case—DOJ dismisses Richard Gutierrez's P25-million libel suit

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the P25-million libel suit filed by actor Richard Gutierrez against Philippine Entertainment Portal. The resolution was received by PEP's legal counsel, Atty. Sandy Coronel, earlier today, July 9.


Philippine Entertainment Portal has won its fight against a libel suit filed by actor Richard Gutierrez. The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the case for "lack of probable cause."

The DOJ resolution was received by the legal counsel of PEP, Atty. Sandy Coronel of the Yorac Arroyo Chua Caedo & Coronel Law Firm, at 9:10 a.m. today, July 9.

It can be recalled that Richard filed a libel suit against PEP, specifically its editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, managing editor Karen Pagsolingan, and staff writer Bong Godinez, at the Makati Prosecutor's Office last April 13. The case was later transferred to the DOJ. (Click here to read related story.)

The 25-year-old actor filed the case for an article posted in PEP on March 29 saying that Richard had an alleged altercation with Michael Flores at the birthday party of Zorro director Mark Reyes in Oceana restaurant on March 28.

The PEP editor-in-chief responded through a four-part series. (Click here, here, here, and here.)

The copy of the DOJ resolution will be posted later.


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