CEBU CITY, Philippines- The city prosecutor’s office here dismissed the cyber libel charges filed against basketball icon Ramon Fernandez and three others. Ernest Herrera ll, filed the charges against Fernandez and his wife Karla Kintanar-Fernandez and spouses Neil Richard Kintanar and wife Janice in February this year but the prosecutors did not find sufficient evidence against them.
The case stemmed from the alleged posting of Fernandez in his Facebook account using the name “Maxi Green” where he criticized Herrera then a candidate for the Cebu City council who lost in the recent May 13 elections. Herrera and his wife Vanessa were business partners of the Kintanars in their bakery business in Danao City called “Kambal Pandesal” where their bickering started as the Herrera’s allegedly short-changed them in the business.
The Kintanars also filed estafa and qualified theft charges against the Herreras which was however dismissed by the Danao City Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor pointed out that the name who was actually charged was Ernesto Herrera lll and not the former city council candidate.
In a press statement through their lawyers, Atty. James Allan Sayson and Atty. August Lizer Malate, the dismissal proved that their clients did not commit “something beyond what is within the legal norms.” “With the dismissal of the case, our clients felt vindicated that all of their actions were without malice to anyone and that they have not committed something beyond what is within the legal norms.” “Today is a living proof that justice is always served in the end, the truth always stand on its own,” the lawyers concluded in the statement dated May 23, 2019.
Fernandez is currently a Commissioner of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) while the Kintanars are his in-laws due to his marriage to Karla. A proud son of Maasin City, Southern Leyte, Fernandez had a stellar career in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) named in the “PBA’s 25 Greatest.” He got the moniker of “El Presidente” where he start off in early 70’s that lasted for almost three decades after his varsity days at the University of San Carlos (USC)./Tonton Alcos Antogop