Pacman files P75-M libel suit vs reporter

World champion boxer and Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao filed a P75-M libel suit against journalist Edwin Espejo, who is based in General Santos City and contributes to Rappler and other news organizations. Espejo wrote stories for the Asian Correspondent and Mindanews that a dealer of stolen cars was last spotted with Pacquiao. Espejo wrote that the last time car dealer Mohammad “Bong” Akia was eyed in public was on a flight with Pacquiao from Manila to General Santos City. They then got into a car and headed for Pacquiao’s house allegedly to seek refuge, according to Espejo’s story. Akia has reportedly not been seen since. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines criticized Pacquiao for filing the suit, saying it was meant to “stifle reasonable criticism and critical coverage.”

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