“Hello Fiscal”

I submitted my counter-affidavit to the libel complaint filed by Senate President Franklin Drilon before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday afternoon (Oct. 8, 2014). I was accompanied by Atty. Eduardo Jalbuna, my counsel for a quarter of a century and countless libel battles. Drilon was represented by two senior associates from the giant law firm, ACCRA.

After I swore before Assistant Prosecutor Alan Mangabat, we engaged in some small talk about the complainant and myself. Prosecutor Mangabat asked me: “Are you from the same place?” I said yes. Atty. Jalbuna jokingly remarked: “They used to be friends.” 10153037_720176171386485_3498928710434374379_n

And then Prosecutor Mangabat, perhaps in a slip, remarked that Drilon and I had similar voices. “Pareho kayong may punto, yung boses ninyo magkapareho. Nang marinig ko ikaw ngayon, parang si Senate President noong tumawag siya sa akin.”

That was heard, too, by Atty. Jalbuna. Drilon’s two lawyers, who were just an arm’s length away, must have heard it, too.

There was no mistake about what I heard. Drilon, the complainant in this case, made a telephone call to the investigating prosecutor

Isn’t this an improper act to influence the outcome of the preliminary investigation?

Atty. Jalbuna thinks so. And over breakfast this morning, we reached a decision to ask for the inhibition of the entire Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. We will move that the case be transferred to the Department of Justice.

This demonstrates how far, and how crooked, Drilon could go just to persecute me. But as I said, I am not intimidated. I will not wilt in the face of his immense powers.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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