Reporter denies Gadon’s claims, says he never disclosed source of Sereno-De Castro tiff

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  • Veteran court reporter denied telling Sereno accuser his source in CJ’s alleged TRO tampering
  • He also denied it was Justice De Castro who supplied him with information
  • He invoked data privacy law, said he won’t name his sources in assailed article

MANILA, Philippines – The veteran court reporter whom Atty. Larry Gadon claimed was his source in the alleged tampering of a TRO by Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has come forward to debunk his claim.

Appearing before the House justice committee, Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas denied telling Gadon that it was Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who supplied him with information about Sereno’s alleged act.

“At the outset, I hereby deny that I have intimated to Atty. Gadon that the source of facts in my article is SC Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro. I have never revealed to anyone my source or sources in the said article who, suffice it to say, are reliable and well-placed sources. As  a matter of fact, for the past 25 years as a journalist and as a reporter for the Justice beat for 2 decades, I have not revealed my sources to anyone,” Rappler quoted him as saying.

Canlas also explicitly denied it was De Castro who was his source of information.

“I also hereby categorically deny that Justice De Castro was my source in the news article entitled “Justice Blasts Sereno Over TRO Mess”,” he said.

As for identifying the real whistleblower, Canlas said he cannot be compelled to reveal his sources of information.

“As advised by my legal counsel, RA 53 as amended by RA 1477 protects a publisher, editor, columnist or duly accredited reporter of any newspaper, like myself from compulsion to reveal the source of any news report or information appearing in said publications which was related in confidence. This protection to reporters is likewise reiterated in the recently enacted law RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act,” he said.