Gossip blogger Michael Sy Lim was arrested earlier today, August 11, over a libel case filed by Deniece Cornejo.
Lim, known as the owner of gossip website Fashion Pulis, was charged with libel for his previous post saying that Deniece may have sexually-transmitted disease.
According to his post, the information was based on a medical report supposedly leaked by Healthway. The medical report was connected to Denice's allegation that she was raped by actor Vhong Navarro.
Aside from Lim, Deniece's camp is also considering filing a complaint against Healthway.
In a statement sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Deniece's legal counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio wrote:
“The arrest today of Mr. Michael Sy Lim a.k.a. Fashion Pulis is a vindication of the rights of my client, Ms. Deniece Cornejo, and more importantly, it sends the message that cyberbullying and victim-bashing, in whatever form and from whichever source, has no place in civilized discourse.
“While free expression is indispensable in a democracy, that freedom must be exercised responsibly and with due regard to the rights of women to privacy and decency. Rights must not be used to violate the rights of others.”
Meanwhile, Lim expressed his disppointment about the situation on Twitter with #FPisFearless:
Held in the CIDG office. Sad how people abuse libel to curtail press freedom. #FPisFearless— Fashion PULIS (@FashionPulis) August 11, 2015