Misibis Bay owner Zaldy Co files P1B cyber libel case vs. Facebook, Youtube
After being accused as a member of the drug syndicate Quadrangle Group, Albay businessman Elyzaldy Co has filed a P1-billion cyber libel complaint against Peter Joemel Advincula, Facebook and Youtube.
Co filed before the Albay City Prosecutor’s Office two separate cyber libel complaints against Facebook and Google as owner of Youtube. Advincula is included in both complaints.
In the complaints, Co who owns the Masibis Bay resort demanded damages of P500 million and P50 million in attorney’s for a total of civil damage claims of at least P1.1 billion.
Advincula revealed being the hooded Bikoy in the viral videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist” which identified a number of persons involved in the narcotics trade including.
Apart from the family of President Rodrigo Duterte, Advicula identified Co as among those involved in the narcotics trade.
“I and other officers of the Complainant Corporation received several phone calls and/or messages from our business partners, suppliers, creditors, clients and some concerned individuals, inquiring about the veracity of the statements in the said video,” read Co’s complaint-affidavit.
“Evidently, my good name, business reputation and social standing, as well as the good name, business reputation and good will of Misibis Bay Resort, as well as its owner, Complainant Corporation, Misibis Resort and Hotel Management Inc., which were painstakingly built through the years, were gravely tarnished, irreparably tainted and/or unduly smeared as a result of the publication of the subject video,” he said.
Co lamented even “some banking and financial institutions with which we have significant financial dealings even raised questions on my credit worthiness.”
His lawyers have pleaded with Facebook and Youtube to take down the video last April 26 but got ignored.
“Like ‘Bikoy’, Facebook and Youtube must be held accountable. Our legal system shouldn’t allow them to be part of a systematic campaign to destroy people and simply get away with it,” Co said in a statement.
On the other hand, Co expressed vindication after Advincula revealed on Thursday (May 23) that the videos were all lies fabricated by the Liberal Party.