Actor Richard Guttierez filed a P 25-million peso libel case against entertainment news website Philippine Entertainment Portal or more commonly know as PEP.ph. This is for allegedly tarnishing his reputation and good name. Accompanied by his family and friends, Gutierrez filed the case before the Makati Fiscal’s Office last Monday.
Respondents to the case are PEP.ph editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, managing editor Karen Pagsolingan and writer Ferdinand Godinez.
Last month, an article was posted on the website alleging Gutierrez’ involvement in a scuffle with actor Micheal Flores at a party, which led to the former pointing a gun at Flores. The story broke merely hours after the incident allegedly transpired.PEP even claimed it had witnesses to the incident. Both actors strongly denied the incident ever transpired.
Joan Maglipon, PEP’s editor-in-chief, has since apologized to Gutierrez for “the premature and inadvertent uploading of the article”. The article has since been taken down.
Earlier today, PEP’s legal counsel announced in an interview that her client has no intention of backing down from the case. She also said that the revised article about the Gutierrez-Flores incident would soon be coming out.