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PEP and Richard Gutierrez Settled Libel Suit Amicably, Issued Public Apology

 

pep-richardRichard Gutierrez and PEP or the Philippine Entertainment Portal reached an amicable settlement Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the office Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera from a lawsuit of libel that the pinoy hot celebrity actor has lodged against the website in 2009.

The libel suit stemmed from the article that PEP has published that Richard Gutierrez has allegedly been involved in a heat argument with another actor Michael Flores.  This article about the incident was however been admitted by the editors of the website to be a mistake.

Its editors Jo-Ann Maglipon and Karen Pagsolingan and reporter Ferdinand Godinez all gave their personal apologies to the actor while Richar Gutierrez accepted the apology.  The two camps have agreed to settle the libel suit peacefully and amicably instead.

PEP’s official public apology to Richard Gutierrez:

The Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) hereby reiterates that Mr. Richard Gutierrez was never involved in any “heated altercation” or “tutukan ng baril” with Michael Flores or with any other individual on 29 March 2009, during the party of Zorro director Mark Reyes, contrary to an article briefly uploaded on its website on the same day.

PEP editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, managing editor Karen Pagsolingan and staffwriter Bong Godinez acknowledge their error; repeat their assurance that they have no malicious agenda against Mr. Gutierrez; and apologize for the publication of the article and their failure to get his side of the story and for the hurt it has caused him and his family.

Well, when we saw how combative Richard was, really pushing the case against PEP, it all boiled down to the usual amicable settlement.

Will the readers of PEP see very friendly PEP-articles towards the Gutierrezes after this?

Image from PEP.Ph

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