Top Gear Philippines sued for Online Libel
Nestor Punzalan has finally filed an online libel lawsuit against the editorial team of Top Gear Philippines after the online publication wrongfully pointing him as the culprit of the road rage incident last month (see story here).
The complaint was filed today by Punzalan at the NBI Cyber Crimes Division, according to a tweet by @nicobaua.
Nestor Punzalan files an online libel complaint against TopGear Ph editorial board in the NBI Cyber Crimes Division. pic.twitter.com/ZKSebP2Ary
— Nikolo Baua (@Nikobaua) August 12, 2016
Punzalan also wants Top Gear PH Editor-in-Chief removed from his post in the publication. Top Gear PH is operated by Summit Media in the Philippines.
Topgear EIC earlier admitted to the accusations and posted on his FB wall:
“I was responsible for posting the photo of Mr. Punzalan’s vehicle, and I realize now that I shouldn’t have done so. I accept full responsibility. This is all on me. I will do my best to reach out to Mr. Punzalan and personally apologize to him and his family. The buck stops here. This is all my fault…”
See previous story regarding this incident here.
Updated (August 19, 2016): Our friend from the motoring industry have relayed to us that Vernon Sarne has resigned from his post as Editor-in-Chief of Top Gear Philippines. A team member of TGP has also confirmed this but wants to remain anonymous.