Naglabas ng official statement ang panig ng radio host at showbiz reporter na si Jobert Sucaldito kaugnay ng pagsasampa ng mga kaso laban sa kanya ni Erik Santos at ng management nito.
Noong nakaraang Huwebes, March 30, nagtungo si Erik at manager na si Erickson Raymundo, president at founder ng Cornerstone Entertainment Inc., sa Quezon City Regional Trial Court upang magsampa ng mga demanda laban kay Jobert.
Sa kabuuan, ang mga kasong isinampa nina Erickson at Erik ay kinabibilangan ng 43 counts of cyber libel, 12 counts of grave threats, 1 count of slander, and 2 counts of libel.
JOBERT'S STATEMENT. Nagpadala si Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, abogado ni Jobert, ng official statement bilang reaksyon sa mga kasong isinampa ni Erik laban kay Jobert.
Simula ng pahayag, ang pakay umano ng ABS-CBN singer na patahimikin si Jobert at masuspinde sa pinaglilingkurang radio station ay “both appalling and alarming.”
Sinabi rin ni Topacio na ang depensa ni Erik na pagtawag sa kanya ng “gay” ni Jobert ay pang-iinsulto umano ng singer sa lahat ng “gay people.”
“'Gay' is no longer a pejorative term in these enlightened times, but merely a statement of sexual preference,” saad sa official statement.
Depensa pa ng panig ni Jobert, gagawin nila ang lahat ng kanilang makakaya upang ipagtanggol ang karapatan ni Jobert bilang mamamahayag at mamamayang Pilipino.
Narito ang kabuuang official statement ng kampo ni Jobert:
“The attempts of the camp of singer Erik Santos in silencing our client, Jobert Sucaldito -- a legitimate and established entertainment journalist of long standing -- first by lobbying for DZMM to suspend him, and thereafter by filing criminal charges and publicizing the same, are both appalling and alarming.
“But what is even more unnerving is the insistence of Mr. Santos that calling him "gay" is an imputation of a vice or defect. Unless he has been hiding under a rock for the past decade or so, Mr. Santos, being in the entertainment industry, should know better.
“'Gay'" is no longer a pejorative term in these enlightened times, but merely a statement of sexual preference. By saying that "gay" is an insult, Erik Santos insults all the gay people not only in this country but all over the world. It is an unacceptable throwback to intolerant times and a million steps backwards for LGBT rights.
“Having made it a substantial part of his career to court publicity, Mr. Santos and his managers should not be heard to complain that some of that publicity is unfavorable. There is truth to the saying that if one cannot stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen. And verily, Mr. Santos cannot try to extinguish the fire because he will come out half-cooked.
“Jobert Sucaldito was only practicing his profession as he has been doing for most of his adult life. We will resist with the full force of the law every attempt to curtail his rights and prerogatives as a journalist and as citizen of the Philippines.”