LIBEL SUIT

Posted on April 18, 2010

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A FORMER member of the partylist group Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) filed libel charges against its representative Pastor “Jun” Alcover, a reporter and editor in chief of a local daily recently.

In a complaint filed before the Talisay City Prosecutor’s Office last Friday, David Odilao Jr. cited an article that appeared in Sun.Star Daily last March 10 quoting Alcover as saying that he took money from the party’s political enemies.

In the story, Alcover said Odilao, a third nominee in the Anad partylist, took money from the party’s political rivals including Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In yesterday’s press conference, Odilao said he was disheartened by the allegations and denied that he pocketed money from political rivals.

He said his working relationship with Alcover soured when he refused to authorize a messenger to collect his salary and benefits.

Odilao, a former Cebu customs collector, said he didn’t sign a special power of attorney for a messenger named Jonas Go in the Anad office last Nov. since he wanted to personally collect his P27,000 salary.

He said he was kicked out of the party last December.

Earlier, Alcover dismissed Odilao’s group as nothing but troublemakers.

In a phone interview, Sun.Star Daily reporter Elias Baquero said he isn’t alarmed over the libel suit.

“Other than harassment, I’m just caught in the crossfire between Odilao and Alcover,” he told . /Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol and Correspondent Chito Aragon

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