Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has slapped provincial administrator Manuel “Boy” Mejorada with five counts of cyber libel.
The governor, represented by his legal counsel lawyer Hector Teodosio, filed the cases against Mejorda for violation of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cyber Crime Prevention Act of 2012 before the Iloilo City Prosecutor’s Office on Jan. 23.
In his complaint, the governor cited five libelous Facebook posts made by Mejorada last year – specifically on September 26, October 1, November 15, and November 20.
“I felt humiliated, embarrassed and at the same time angry over Mejorada’s Facebook posts,” the governor said in his complaint.
Mejorada, in his Facebook post on Sept. 26, accused Defensor of “using millions and millions of pesos in DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) funds to buy votes in the May 2013 elections.”
He said that governor was mad at him for his so-called exposes “because his bubble armor disguising him as clean and honest was pricked and burst.”
In another post on October 1, Mejorada repeated his accusation against Defensor on the DAP funds asserting that the governor “misused and misappropriated” them during the 2013 elections.
Mejorada, in the same post, further wrote that Defensor refuses to address the DAP issue “by turning a deaf ear… hoping that his supposed clean image will allow his son to survive the election day.”
Defensor Sr.’s son, Third District Congressman Arthur Defensor Jr., is running for governor against Rep. Ferjenel Biron.
According to the governor, Mejorada only started attacking him when Biron announced that he will run for governor against his son.
Biron is reportedly Mejorada’s principal and sponsor of his blocktime radio programs.
“As he refuses to confront the issue head-on, he has shown that his corruption runs so deeply that he won’t even confess to his sins,” Mejorada’s FB post read.
In separate post on October 1, Mejorada wrote that Defensor had been caught red-handed to have misappropriated public funds to buy votes in 2013 but, he added, the governor refused to admit and to apologize to the people.
Meanwhile, on November 15, Mejorada accused the governor of violating the ban on the disbursement of public funds during the campaign period by paying the contractor of the Dumangas-Balabag Provincial Road on April 30, 2013.
“Defensor’s dirty politics continues to be unmasked. This guy plays with disregard for the law and rules and regulations. He is also a dishonorable man,” he wrote.
Five days later (Nov. 20), Mejorada against posted on Facebook saying that he received word from a friend that “old man” Defensor has now become “the laughingstock in the cafeteria of the Iloilo Capitol!”
“I guess that’ what Defensor gets for pretending to be clean and honest when in truth, he is corrupt to the core,” he added.IMT