Tess Cusipag, disgraced editor of Balita who once boasted that the multiple lawsuits against her would make her more “popular” and “richer” has been ordered to pay an additional $43,000 to Senator Tobias Enverga. This brings the total to over $400,000 that Senator Enverga is entitled to.
Details for the reasons for the additional court costs can be viewed here: https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2017/2017onsc4072/2017onsc4072.html
Senator Enverga may have a difficult time recovering one of the largest defamation awards in Canadian history. During Cusipag’s sentencing hearing, Judge Myers noted:
“Lederman J. and the Court of Appeal thought that an award of an extra $100,000 in punitive damages might deter Ms. Cusipag from her misguided and illegal quest. They were sadly mistaken. All that it seems to have done is prompted her to transfer her house to her son for free and to transfer two condominium units to others. She tries to avoid the court’s judgment rather than comply with it.”
Balita’s Romy Marquez downplays jail sentence
After Tess Cusipag’s release from a medium and maximum security jail in Milton, Ontario, Balita’s superstar “investigative” journalist Romy Marquez published a laughable piece downplaying the fact that Cusipag went to jail for criminal contempt of court.
Marquez, a former grocery store clerk who was forced out of San Diego by U.S. immigration authorities before wreaking havoc in Toronto, writes: “She was not in jail for stealing or killing or abusing another person. She served time as a way of accepting responsibility for the consequences of upholding and fighting for principle.”
Tess Cusipag was sentenced to jail for criminal contempt of court, a serious violation of the rule of the law, which makes her a criminal in every sense of the word. Furthermore, a jail sentence for criminal contempt is extremely rare, which leads us to believe that there was overwhelming evidence against Cusipag to impose this kind of sentence. Sorry Romy Marquez, but you can’t sugarcoat that and you can’t fool us.
Video of an investigative piece on Romy Marquez, where a local news station in San Diego found that he filed false statements to the U.S. immigration authorities as well as used his tabloid to shame his former girlfriend. It is now archived with the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), where ironically Marquez claims to be a member:
Tess Cusipag unapologetic in video after release from jail
Note: As of July 9, 2017 the video has since been taken offline.
Shortly after being released, Tess Cusipag discusses her stint in jail to a small group of friends over dinner at her Markham home (also the offices of Balita). Among those present were Marlene Mogado, a Catholic school trustee for York Region and her husband Mogi Mogado. Romy Marquez is the videographer.
Shedding what seems like crocodile tears, Cusipag describes daily life in the woman’s jail and how her jail mates vowed to protect her after finding out that she was a writer. We wonder if the inmates knew that one of the reasons that she was in jail was because she used her newspaper as a means to vindictively and maliciously ruin someone’s reputation over a personal vendetta. When asked if she was going to stop, Cusipag replied, “I don’t know.”
In another instance, an unidentified woman sitting beside Cusipag crassly says that she should have asked to keep her jail uniform as a souvenir – yes unidentified lady, as if her incarceration was one big joke.
There was no indication in the video that she was apologetic for disrespecting the authority of the court and neither did she acknowledge the ordeal that she put Senator Enverga through.