Radio host and reporter Jobert Sucaldito said that he is prepared to submit his counter-affidavit as soon as he receives a copy of the legal complaints filed by Kapamilya singer Erik Santos and talent manager Erickson Raymundo.
Santos and Raymundo’s legal complaints totaled to 43 counts of cyber libel, 12 counts of grave threats, 1 count of slander, and 2 counts of libel.
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Sucaldito, for his part, gave an official statement hours after Santos and Raymundo submitted their sworn affidavits before the Prosecutor’s Office yesterday, March 30.
The radio show host and reporter said, “Kahit mahirap lang ako, mag-iipon ako ng konti para meron akong ipambayad sa aking abogado para madepensahan naman ang panig ko, di ba?”
Sucaldito also revealed that he was asked to take a “vacation leave with pay” following his controversial Facebook posts about Santos.
“Nagsimula lang ito sa gulo namin ni Erik Santos who happens to be the artist of Cornerstone na pag-aari ni Erickson.
“When I posted something dito sa FB page ko regarding my hinaing, in-elevate agad ito ni Mr. Erik Santos sa management ng ABS-CBN by writing to them a complaint letter against me, hanggang sa ma-suspend ako from radio anchoring sa Mismo program namin ni Papa Ahwel Paz (pinag-Vacation Leave With Pay ako).”
Sucaldito and Santos technically work in the same company.
Santos is an established Kapamilya singer while Sucaldito’s show Mismo airs in dzMM, which is an ABS-CBN-affiliated radio station.
Sucaldito added, “Hangga't hindi raw ako nagbibigay ng explanation regarding our issue, hindi ako makakabalik sa show siyempre.”
The radio show host and reporter further said that what affected him the most was when he learned that Sam Milby, K Brosas, and Jaya also appeared before the Prosecutor’s Office as a show of support towards their talent manager Erickson Raymundo.
Sucaldito lamented, “Dito ako mas nasaktan - ano kaya ang nagawa kong kasalanan kay K Brosas na even before siya nagpa-manage kay Erickson Raymundo ay minahal ko siyang parang anak-anakan dahil alaga siya ni Kuya Boy Abunda before?
“Kay Jaya naman, it's a common knowledge na sobrang minahal ko ang kaniyang namayapang inang si Mama Elizabeth Ramsey even during the last hours of her life - itinuring akong parang sariling anak at sobrang minahal ko.
“Si Sam Milby naman - it's very painful for me to see him support them in this filing of cases against me.”
At any rate, Sucaldito reiterated that he won’t back down in this legal battle with Santos and Raymundo.
“Pero yung sa kaso, haharapin ko ito at ilalaban hanggang sa kahuli-hulihang sandali ng buhay ko.”