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By Nancy Carvajal

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will file charges against former broadcaster Jay Sonza if he continues to ignore summons over the cyberlibel complaint filed by Julia Barretto against him.

NBI Cybercrime Division chief Vic Lorenzo warned that an arrest warrant could be out for Sonza soon once a case has been filed in court.

“He never showed up and did not send any representative. We are giving him a new subpoena, if he still will not show up, we can file the case and maybe the court can issue a warrant of his arrest,” Lorenzo said.

Republic Act 10867 grants the NBI the power to “[i]ssue subpoena for the appearance of any person for investigation or production of documents, through its officers from the ranks of Regional Director to
Director.”

Barretto filed a complaint against Sonza over his claim posted on social media that she’s pregnant with the child of Gerald Anderson.

Sonza’s September 21 Facebook post read: ” Congratulations sa aking kapitbahay sa Congressional Village, Bahay Toro, Quezon City. Napatunayan nina Visoy (Visayan tisoy) Gerald Anderson at anak nina
Dennis Padilla at Marjorie na si Julia Barreto na kapuwa hindi sila baog. After months of love lockdown and ESQ (exact sex quadrant) – may nabuo sa sinapupunan ni Julia.”G.”

Lorenzo said Baretto asked the NBI to investigate the “untrue and irresponsible statements made by Sonza on his social media account.”

In previous news reports Baretto was quoted saying. “Binastos ang reputation ko, ang pangalan ko , I think I just wanna show people now na hindi ko na pinapalagpas ang mga bagay na ganito.’

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