Chel Diokno Reminds Public To Be Careful In Posting Blind Items, “Pagpaparinig” On Social Media

Veteran lawyer Chel Diokno: “Careful sa plano niyong pagpaparinig at pagpapablind item sa social media. Baka, libelous yan!”

CHEL DIOKNO – The veteran lawyer recently reminded the public to be careful in posting blind items and “pagpaparinig” on social media.

Chel Diokno

In his #LegalLifeHack video on Twitter and TikTok, the veteran lawyer advised the public to be careful when posting “blind items” online as those may be considered libelous under Philippine laws.

He added that this also includes social media posts with suggestive hints alluding to a certain individual or when Filipinos do “pagpaparinig” online.

Diokno also shared that social media users could consider the following factors in order to check if what they will share on social media could be libelous.

  • Nakakasama ba ito sa reputasyon ng iba? (has defamatory remarks)
  • Mababasa ba ito ng ibang tao? (publicly made or publicly posted)
  • Halata baa ng pinaparinggan? (There’s an identity of the person being defamed)
  • May intension ka bang makapanakit? (refers to malice)

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The veteran lawyer also reminded the public that “malice is presumed” in libel and cyber libel cases.

Kung oo ang sagot mo sa lahat ng tanong na ‘yan, there’s a big chance na libelous ang post mo. At baka makasuhan ka pa ng cyberlibel,” he said.

Diokno added that punishment for cyber libel case is higher, and the person may suffer a civil or a criminal charge and penalty fees.

Towards the end of the said video, Diokno urged the public to think carefully before posting on social media, respect each other, and try to talk about it directly if there’s a problem.

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