The following is a statement I released to media on the Philweb suit:
“I have been sued for libel by Philweb, a company controlled by Bobby Ongpin and 26% by E-PLDT; for things I have written in my blog Wired (https://leoalejandrino.wordpress.com).
The case is sub-judice so I cannot get into the details. The complaint is public as are my blogs so people can access them.
In fact the suit is not about me nor my modest blog but about bigger issues like the responsibility of citizens to speak when they see something improper and for the public’s right to know. The suit is about the contest for an ideal.
This is my message to both Bobby Ongpin and to Manny Pangilinan, perhaps more to Manny since Bobby is upset with me for being disrespectful to him. I apologize to Bobby if I disrespected him since nobody deserves to be disrespected.
Therefore to Manny: The suit Philweb has filed against me does not make any sense to Bobby, you nor the corporations you represent. Never have I disparaged the company. I simply warned unsuspecting investors of the risks in investing in an entity whose principal shareholder is being investigated by the authorities but whose business depends on dealings with Government, PAGCOR in particular. This combination is not good.
My blog is my response to President Aquino’s call for individual responsibility. You may be able to shut me up but for every one of us down others will rise and rise. I will not start a movement but I have seen the anger at the injustice to me and not only from friends and relatives.
So I ask Philweb to consider withdrawing its suit. I apologize to Bobby if I disrespected him but I will continue to write things as I see them, without malice, and with education.”
The Board of Directors of Philweb:
Roberto Ongpin, Chairman; Ray Espinosa (E-PLDT), Vice-Chairman; Dennis Valdes, President; Eric Recto; Delfin Wenceslao; Rafael Ortigas; G.Tan; Mario Oreta; Mario Locsin; R. Creager; C. Ehrlich; Mariano Galicia; Benito Araneta; Tomas Alcantara; Ramon Ang.