TESS CUSIPAG PLAYS VICTIM: RATIONAL PEOPLE DON’T BUY IT

Tess Cusipag would like to invite you to her pity party and only the ignorant are invited.

Here’s Tess Cusipag’s latest Facebook post. In the comments (which she has since deleted), she writes about having to fork out $414,000 to Senator Enverga (for the defamation lawsuit against her) and how her recent stint in jail will haunt her family and friends forever.

 

 

It’s unbelievable how low this scumbag can go. Yes, Tess Cusipag, you are a scumbag. The lowest common denominator. Senator Enverga passed away a mere 48 hours ago and here you are playing the victim. Just so that you can save face/gain sympathy amongst your ignorant Facebook followers – a group of blockheads who turn a blind-eye to your dubious activities.

For Tess Cusipag, it’s easier to play the victim and blame others for her shortcomings, than it is to take responsibility for them. When our Balita Boycott Campaign started, she cried harassment. When she was ordered to pay damages to Senator Enverga, she fraudulently tried to transfer her assets to avoid the court order. When the Superior Court of Ontario found her to be in contempt of court for spreading more lies via email, she claimed that her email got hacked. When she was sentenced to jail, she blamed her lawyer. A total scumbag through and through.

To all of the logical, sensible supporters of Ethical Journalism: You already know who you are and we thank you for not putting up with the turd/cow shit that Tess Cusipag, Romy Marquez and Balita continue to spew.

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Breaking: Senator Tobias Enverga dies in trip to Colombia

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Multiple news outlets have reported that Senator Tobias Enverga has passed away on a Parliamentary trip to Colombia.

Enverga, 61, leaves behind his wife, Rosemer and three daughters. May his soul rest in peace.

We will update you when more information becomes available.

Sources:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tobias-enverga-dies-colombia-1.4405260

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tobias-enverga-first-filipino-canadian-senator-dies-suddenly-on-parliamentary-trip-to-colombia/article37002070/

 

IS TESS CUSIPAG PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME WITH THE COURTS?

Until recently, disgraced Balita editor Tess Cusipag had been staying low-key after her release from a medium and maximum security jail for criminal contempt of court. But it looks like her quest to destroy her enemies has resumed, as our sources have revealed that she has been posting questionable public Facebook posts calling out unnamed individual(s) as stealers. In the post, Cusipag quips that “..some people are getting away with it. They think anyway!!!!”

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Could it be more painfully obvious that her comments were a dig at Senator Enverga? Is she sending a message to her enemies that she will not stop until she’s vindicated?

Even if her comments were not directed at Enverga, how could Cusipag be so reckless to post something like that when it’s still fresh in the community’s mind that she just went to jail for attempting to destroy the Senator’s reputation.

When Judge Lederman ordered Cusipag to stop repeating false allegations about Enverga, it included prohibiting Ms. Cusipag and Balita from repeating their libels of the plaintiff, directly or indirectly, expressly or by innuendo.

The judge couldn’t be anymore clear, but here we are again.

 

JAILBIRD TESS CUSIPAG’S COURT COSTS BALLOON TO OVER $400,000

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.

 

TESS CUSIPAG SENTENCED TO 21 DAYS PRISON TERM FOR CRIMINAL CONTEMPT OF COURT ON TOP OF $10,000 FINE LEVIED AGAINST BALITA TABLOID

June 14, 2017

Cusipag, the haughty Editor/Publisher of Balita tabloid who is on record as saying she could publish anything and one would not be able to do anything about it, has been dealt a crushing and humiliating blow – 21 days in prison.

“For the offence of criminal contempt of court, I sentence you Teresita Cusipag, also known as Tess Cusipag, to a term of twenty-one (21) days in provincial reformatory to commence immediately”, Justice Fredrick L. Myers pronounced.

 

After the sentencing, the feisty and unrepentant tabloid publisher apparently broke down in tears sobbing on the shoulders of one of her supporters. As per standard procedure, we assume she was later handcuffed and escorted by police to a prisoner transport vehicle waiting at the back of the courthouse. Sources say she is now languishing in a provincial jail located somewhere in Milton, Ontario.

This outcome should provide a measure of vindication and relief to all those who Cusipag and her cohort, Romeo (Romy) Marquez, have maliciously attacked both in print and online.

Highlights of the sentence:

(1) Cusipag and Balita knowingly and deliberately violated an order prohibiting them from repeating directly or indirectly, expressly or by innuendo, falsehoods that have been ruled libelous in the Enverga v. Balita Media Inc. et al defamation case which was decided against them in July 2016.

(2) Despite having been invited, encouraged and given an opportunity to “purge” their contempt, Cusipag and Balita, in J. Myer’s own words, “chose not to file an affidavit explaining their contempt, apologizing, demonstrating their respect for the orders of this court, or evincing an intention to refrain from repeating their contemptuous misconduct in future. They arrive for sentencing unrepentant.”

(3) Even though she was present at an earlier sentencing hearing on June 2, 2017, Cusipag did not personally offer an apology and declined the opportunity to swear and give evidence of her remorse or other mitigating factors, which J. Myers took as an unwillingness to recognize the court’s authority and to obey its orders.

(4) J. Myers noted that on March 14, 2017, after the criminal contempt conviction, Cusipag posted on the internet that she has made a vow not to give up and reiterated yet again that her allegations, which she admitted were not true during discovery and were found by the defamation case judge to be false, were true.

(5) J. Myers noted a Court of Appeal decision which agreed with the lower court’s finding that Cusipag was not engaging in political speech but in a personal quest to destroy Sen. Enverga’s reputation by spreading untrue statements about him while admitting in a court proceeding that she knows the statements to be untrue. The court made it clear that there was “nothing altruistic, political, community-minded, or protected about what Ms. Cusipag is doing”.

(6) J. Myers declined Enverga lawyer’s suggestions for leniency, saying leniency was not appropriate because there were no mitigating factors to justify it. J. Myers wrote that had the defendants made clear statements recognizing the court’s authority and pledged to comply with the court’s orders in future, he might have given only a token sentence for the defendants’ transgressions.

(7) J. Myers noted that the punitive damages previously award did not deter Cusipag but only prompted her to transfer her house to her son and her 2 condo units to others, indicating that she wanted to avoid the court’s judgment rather than comply with it. J. Myers concluded that “all that remains available to try to compel obedience with the court’s order is incarceration”.

(8) Since Balita Media Inc. and Balita Newspaper cannot be sentenced to jail, they were sentenced to a fine of $5,000 each, which Cusipag is jointly and severally liable to pay.

(9) Cusipag and the Balita entities are jointly and severally liable for Enverga’s costs of the contempt proceedings on a “full indemnity” basis.

(10) The penalties do not constitute a release from the injunctive order. The defendants remain bound by the order both in letter and spirit.

In the concluding paragraph, J. Myers admonished Cusipag: “It is the court’s true wish that you learn from this experience that you are bound by the law and you must comply with court orders even if you do not agree with them. The court will compel obedience to its orders and punish disobedience. The protection of the rule of law must be a paramount concern of society.”

Among the violations cited by Justice Myers in convicting Cusipag and Balita of criminal contempt earlier in March 2017 was Cusipag’s October 16, 2016 email forwarding to third parties and at least one senator colleague of Enverga an exchange between her and a GlobalLink correspondent in which she repeated and re-asserted the truth of the same falsehoods that were ruled libelous in the defamation case and were the subject of the injunction. In the exchange, Cusipag inferred that the reason she lost the defamation case was partly due to an unseen hand of a conspiracy between Justice Lederman and Enverga’s lawyer Howard Winkler who she described were “both jews.”

Another violation cited by the court was a December 3, 2016 email by Tess Cusipag to certain recipients attaching an article written by her cohort, Romeo (alias Romy) Marquez, in which the allegations related to the KCCC fundraiser found by J. Lederman to be false and defamatory were republished.

By our tally, the total monetary liability incurred by Cusipag resulting from the defamation case, the subsequent appeal and the contempt of court proceeding is $366,000. This does not include pre-judgment interest in the defamation case and legal costs still to be awarded with respect to the contempt proceeding.

At least three other defamation lawsuits against Cusipag, Balita and Romy Marquez are still pending in Ontario Superior Court.

Sources say Sen. Enverga was absent during the sentencing. On the other hand, several Cusipag supporters were present including Marlene Mogado, a Catholic school board trustee.

 

Breaking: TESS CUSIPAG sentenced to jail

Tess Cusipag, Editor in Chief and owner of Balita Newspaper in Toronto has been sentenced to 21 days in jail for criminal contempt.

We will update you when more information comes available.

Court dismisses Tess Cusipag’s damages appeal. Additional costs of $16,000 awarded to Senator Enverga

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has outright denied Tess Cusipag’s appeal to reduce the damages awarded in Senator Tobias Enverga’s defamation suit against Cusipag and Balita superstar “investigative journalist,” Romy Marquez. The appeal was heard on April 6, 2017 and details of the hearing has been released online (http://canlii.ca/t/h35kv):

The conduct of the appellant as described by the motion judge demanded a substantial award of punitive damages.  On his findings, the appellant had repeated the defamation, knowing full well that it was false and intended to continue to repeat the defamation in the future.  On the facts as found by the motion judge, deterrence could only be adequately served by a significant award of punitive damages.  We cannot say that the amount awarded is outside of the range required to serve as an adequate deterrent in the circumstances of this case.  We cannot interfere with the award.

Cusipag, who was recently found guilty of criminal contempt, will still be on the hook for $340,000 plus $16,000 in additional costs.

We will update you on the outcome of Cusipag and company’s sentencing hearing when the information becomes available.