- TV anchor and radio commentator Ted Failon was ordered arrested by Tagaytay Regional Trial Court
- The arrest order stemmed from the libel complaint of former MMDA chair Francis Tolentino
- Failon’s lawyer said Failon voluntarily surrendered to the executive judge of the RTC and posted bail
Popular radio commentator and TV anchor Ted Failon was ordered arrested by Judge Raquel Gutay of the Tagaytay Regional Trial Court for libel.
As per the Manila Bulletin, the arrest order stemmed from a libel complaint filed by former chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Francis Tolentino. Three of Failon’s staff on his TV program “Failon Ngayon” was also included in the arrest order.
Tolentino claimed several “defamatory and libelous” statements against him were made by Failon in his radio program last year.
According to ABS-CBN, Failon alleged that the purchase of second-hand motorcycles by the MMDA in 2014 was questionable. The allegation was reportedly based on a report by the Commission on Audit which questioned the purchase and noted that it did not undergo any bidding.
Tolentino’s legal counsel asserted that Failon’s allegations have no legal basis; considering that no public funds were used in the acquisition of the motorcycles. The former MMDA chair said he used his personal funds for the purchase in behalf of the agency owing to the visit of Pope Francis to Manila during that time.
Failon’s legal counsel Atty. Carla Pingul said her clients voluntarily surrendered to the executive judge of the regional trial court and posted bail.