Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao on Tuesday filed a P100-million cyber libel case against Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, who is identified to be close to President Rodrigo Duterte.
In his 13-page complaint filed before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office, Pacquiao said that Quiboloy should pay him P100 million in damages plus attorney’s fee for “using his power and influence to spread fake news and false information.”
“He used this deliberate falsehood to brainwash the minds of the Filipino public, recklessly propagating lies to blacken the image and reputation of an honest public servant. He even had the audacity to quote the Holy Scripture in furtherance of his lies, misleading his flock, and confusing the public, with the end in view of blackening another’s reputation,” the complaint stated.
“His statements, as outlined below, are far from hollow. They are criminal in nature and cannot go unpunished,” it added.
The complaint stemmed from Quiboloy, the owner of Sonshine Media Network International, alleging that the senator misused funds for the unfinished Sarangani Sports Training Center that eventually became a “white elephant.”
Quiboloy also allegedly the project had cost the government P3.5 billion and currently has dilapidated bleachers.
On his own corruption allegations against the government, Pacquiao said that such were based on documents.
“My statement relating to the prevalence of corruption in the Philippines under the current administration and the time of the Covid-19 pandemic is based on findings from documents and information I obtained from concerned citizens,” his complaint said.