By Ted Alcuitas
Less than two years after Balita lost a libel case filed by the late Senator Tobias Enverga, Jr., it has now been slapped with another libel conviction.
Balita newspaper, publisher Tess Cusipag and Managing Editor Romeo Marquez, has been ‘severally and individually’ convicted of defaming Oswald Magno.
In a 20-page decision handed down last Wednesday, May 23, Madame Justice Jane E. Ferguson of the Ontario Superior Court awarded Magno a total of $410,000 in general, aggravated and punitive damages excluding legal costs.
Link to the decision: http://canlii.ca/t/hs66l
This is the second major loss to what is touted as Toronto’s largest newspaper and one of the oldest, founded by the late Ruben Cusipag in 1978.
In July 2016, the paper was found guilty of defaming Senator Enverga, the first Filipino senator appointed to the Senate of Canada.Enverga was awarded over $410,00 in damages and other costs. Payment for the award was confirmed by no less than Romeo P. Marquez who wrote in The Filipino Web Channel, Nov. 28, 2017.
“A day prior (November 15) to his death on November 16, Tess’ family wrote a cheque for $4,714.86 in the name of Enverga’s lawyer in compliance with their demand. That amount was in addition to the two cheques paid three weeks earlier in the amount of $407,955 and $2,045. Overall, the three cheques totaled $414,714.86 (four hundred fourteen thousand seven hundred fourteen and eighty-six cents).”
Cusipag was also convicted of criminal contempt of court for violating the injunction to refrain from publishing anymore articles about Enverga after the decision. She served 13 days out of a 21-day sentence.
For the full story, please visit: https://philippinecanadiannews.com/canada/breaking-magno-wins-libel-case-against-balita/