BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: An arrest warrant was issued against Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba for a cyberlibel case filed by former senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
Makati City Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano of Regional Trial Court Branch 148 issued the warrants of arrest for Mamba and Cagayan public information officer (PIO) Rogie Sending. The bail was for Mamba and Sending was set at P48,000 each.
The warrants of arrest, dated Oct. 23, 2020, were transmitted to the chiefs of police in Makati City and Cagayan province, the National Bureau of Investigation director and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
The cyberlibel case stemmed from a complaint filed by Enrile accusing Mamba and Sending for malicious statements against his person during a block time show over Bombo Radyo in Tuguegarao City and which are purely “motivated by ill will.”
Enrile claimed he was maligned by Mamba and Sending during their radio program, both of them accusing him of meddling with the affairs of the Cagayan State University, and that he was involved in “killing many” and “amassing billions.”
Enrile claimed that he usually did not bother himself with such malicious statements and that he had already dealt with so many random accusations in his entire life.
“But these statements, coming from Mamba and Sending, are quite serious, and, considering their reach, especially being posted in social media, should be addressed immediately,” he said in his complaint.
He added that the statements of Mamba and Sending clearly tended to dishonor and discredit him and that he was exposed to hatred, ridicule, contempt, and excited derogatory feelings against him.
Mamba was a political ally of Enrile, but their relationship became sour reportedly over leadership in Cagayan province.
Meanwhile, the Cagayan PIO said the governor could not make a comment yet as he was at the provincial capital in Tuguegarao City, focusing his attention on the flood they are experiencing.
The office said Mamba was preoccupied with the pre-emptive response being conducted in the low-lying areas inundated as a result of heavy downpour and the swelling of the Cagayan River.
“If it is because of a libel case filed by ex-senator Enrile that a warrant of arrest is issued against us, that is because the truth really hurts,” Sending said adding “it is their honor to be arrested for telling the truth than arrested for stealing the people’s money.”