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Taking the Witness Stand




Woke up early morning today to go to Pasig Hall of Justice and attend my very first court hearing. At the same time, I’m also sitting on the witness stand (that’s another first).


It’s been more than 3 years and this civil suit is still dragging me back to the court house. We’ve done our practice run last week with my lawyers but still can’t shake that tense feeling once they start throwing questions.

To those who didn’t know, I survived a libel case about 4 years ago. While that one was dismissed, it didn’t stop the complainant to file another civil suit.

So here I am, on the day of my birthday, waiting for the court to go in session. Such a bummer.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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39 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Need some backup? herp derp

    Oh and happy birthday sir Yuga!

  2. Edwin C says:

    Ano bang nagawa mong kasalanan?

  3. nameless says:

    Don’t worry, you are innocent until proven guilty :) Even if you are proven guilty, don’t worry. This is Philippines. The justice system has no integrity. Im also such a bummer for being here in this country. I still can’t believe that a suicidal act instead of martyrdom, made someone to become a Hero even though he is unrighteous. tsk tsk.

  4. csseyah says:

    na naman!!! grabe naman yan.. ayaw patalo ah! God Bless You sir yuga.. Don’t worry I will include you to my prayer..

  5. tebenets says:

    sir, maybe he’s just pissing you off. why worry? just believe in the power of prayer.

    maybe ask your lawyer if you can file something that will make the accuser stop dead on his tracks.

  6. RaGe says:

    it sucks but i hope u have a good birthday today (well, at least)

  7. Ben says:

    aw :( that sucks. I’ve read about that post you have way back in 2007. It’s just so infuriating when people goes angry at you for their ignorance.

  8. Ben says:

    Anyway, let it not be a hindrance for your happiness. This is your day. I hope to meet you personally one day, sir! It would be an honor.

  9. Syn Villareal says:

    Sir, what happened to the perjury case you filed against them?

  10. Mike B. says:

    Happy birthday, Abe!

  11. deuts says:

    Happy Birthday Abe!

  12. Rommel A. says:

    Happy Birthday po! You will survive this one.Problems are bound to be solved! Cheers!

  13. Bless says:

    Whoa same birthday pa tayo ah.. Happy Birthday!
    God Bless!

  14. Skyflakes_18 says:

    Sir, sabi ko naman sa inyo Minor De Edad p yun eh. Hehehehe.

  15. jun says:

    Hehehe :) buti wala na ako sa company ni JEA.. :) sino na nagwork dito ke JEA/webcom/tulin .. etc…

  16. anna mae manabat says:

    hi abe happy bday!

  17. thesaintx says:

    Happy Birthday Abe!

    Though it’s sad to hear that you had to go through all that on your day.

    thesaintx

  18. Herce says:

    That sucks, but happy birthday!

  19. Mamamayang Pilipino says:

    Happy Birthday Abe!

  20. john says:

    Happy Birthday Yuga! Godlbless!

  21. heckiboi says:

    happy birthday sir abe olandres

  22. Ivy Ganadillo 颜爱美 says:

    hahahha SUPER LIKE!!!! hahahah

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  23. Calvin says:

    abe san tayo afterwards para magcelebrate?

  24. Ron says:

    Burger! Burger! Pa-burger ka naman – hehe.

    That libel thing – just part of being famous.

    Happy bday Abe!

  25. ellen says:

    I agree with Ron, people are coming after you because of what you wrote or said (not familiar with the case) because you matter and you’re influential :)

    Hope that didn’t ruin much of your big day.

    Happy birthday sir abe :)

  26. I’m with you sir, but you really have to stand where you are. God will guide and bless you.. http://ritratos.blogspot.com/

  27. ZERATUL-PH says:

    WTF they are suing you due to an indirect involvement with libelous comments that didnot come from you. LOLOLOLSSSS. Im pretty sure you will get by this Sir.

  28. happybirthday! says:

    happy birhtday sir Abe!
    the truth shall set you free

  29. abe bert day! says:

    get a gun shot yourself they’ll make you a hero hehehe lol just joking ! gud luck dont worry this is philippines .. everything is possible.
    “everything will be ok in the end. If its not ok, then its not yet the end.”

  30. Marites says:

    Happy Birthday Abe! Just enjoy your day at the court!:)

  31. Dante says:

    GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME SIR YUGA!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS!

  32. Nolixxx says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  33. arlie says:

    Belated happy birthday sir yuga!!! Hope the other one will be dismissed too. God bless. =)

  34. ManuelV says:

    Happy Birthday, Abe! :-)

  35. Kulam says:

    Happy Birthday Abe! take the stand and set yourself free!

  36. Rian says:

    Abe good luck. Once naka experience din ako ng hearing. Napaka time consuming nito and todo effort. Anyway, di ko naranasan maging withness but ako yung victim hay.

  37. Rodel says:

    wow! that’s weird. Ain’t the terms of use present during the time of engagement for you to be off-the-hook? anyway, good luck to you.. :) happy beer-day!

  38. Darel says:

    This is ridiculous.

    If memory serves, you should be cleared of all charges by now. Since the last libel case against you by the same person was dismissed, I surmise that it is possible that you are in double jeopardy and that the case against you should be dismissed.

    http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Double_Jeopardy

    Ibig sabihin, dahil naacquit ka na nung unang beses at kinasuhan ka ulit sa parehing dahilan, invalid na yung second na filing kasi may verdict na.

    Just my two cents. Hindi naman ako lawyer, pero aspiring ako. :D

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