MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Bulacan, Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses filed a libel case against his former girlfriend, Aiko Melendez, before the Malolos Regional Trial Court on Thursday afternoon for violation of Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.
This is in connection with Melendez’s supposed remarks on Twitter about his sexuality.
"I have to stand up for this kasi 'yung pagkatao ko 'yung sisirain dito," said Meneses.
Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque, referred to as Meneses' alleged lover, also filed a libel case against Melendez and 3 movie scribes. He is seeking P5 million in damages.
"Meron akong mga pamilya, mga nasasaktan, asawa't anak na maapektuhan, siyempre pati mga constituents ko. Doon tayo sa tama,” Roque said.
The Bulacan Mayors League has expressed its support for Meneses and Roque.
The group passed a resolution labelling people who will be proven to be behind the smear campaign as “persona non grata.”
"Kami'y naniniwala sa integridad nila... na sila ay hindi gagawa ng ganung paratang," said Mayor Paula Carla Tan of San Ildefonso.
Melendez temporarily refused to comment on the matter. She said she will give a statement on Sunday.
On April 24, one of the hosts of a TV5 show reportedly showed Meneses a transcript of direct messages on Twitter between Melendez and a still unidentified person.
The transcript allegedly contains Melendez’s accusation about the real sexuality of her former boyfriend.
In her interview with “Showbiz News Ngayon” on Tuesday, Melendez maintained that it is not her character to badmouth other people.
According to the Malolos Regional Trial Court, the case may focus just on the accountability of Melendez. This, after she insisted that her private messages were hacked and were made public.