Michael Sy Lim, the blogger behind the popular celebrity gossip site ‘Fashion Pulis‘, was arrested over a libel case filed by model Deniece Cornejo.
Lim was arrested along Leviste St. in Makati city by the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Women and Children Protection Unit at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
“The arrest was conducted in response to the request of Ms Deniece Cornejo and Atty Ferdinand Topacio as part of the CIDG Quality Assurance Support to Victims program,” Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDG) said.
According to Rappler, the libel case was based on Lim’s article which contained Cornejo’s medical report claiming that Cornejo was sick with a sexually transmitted disease.
Topacio said, “The arrest today of Mr. Michael Sy Lim aka Fashion Pulis is a vindication of the rights of my client, Ms. Deniece Cornejo, and more importantly, it sends the message that cyberbullying and victim-bashing, in whatever form and from whichever source, has no place in civilized discourse.”
“While free expression is indispensable in a democracy, that freedom must be exercised responsibly and with due regard to the rights of women to privacy and decency. Rights must not be used to violate the rights of others,” he added.
A bail of P16,000 was recommended for Lim according to police.
PHOTO CR: Rappler