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Cyberlibel case filed vs JK Labajo

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A cyberlibel case has been filed against “Buwan” singer Juan Karlos “JK” Labajo by Darren Espanto’s mother.

Darren Espanto and Juan Karlos “JK” Labajo (INSTAGRAM / MANILA BULLETIN)

Darren Espanto and Juan Karlos “JK” Labajo
(INSTAGRAM / MANILA BULLETIN)

Espanto’s legal counsel, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, in an interview with Cinema News, said that the case was filed by Marinel Gonzales-Cruz last March.

Kapunan added that there had already been two hearings for the case which Labajo both failed to attend.

“[The case] was supposed to be submitted for decision. Recently, when we checked the status of the case, nalaman namin na kumuha siya [Labajo] ng abogado at nag pa-reopen ng case,” Kapunan told Cinema News.

Kapunan explained that if the case will be re-opened for a second stage, Labajo can either file a counter-affidavit or undergo question and answer from the investigating fiscal.

When asked about whether there’s a possibility for Espanto’s camp to just settle the case with Labajo, she said: “At the moment, there is no possibility of settlement.”

Kapunan, on the other hand, said she hopes the two camps can just settle things out of court.

“Bata pa sila, they have their whole future and careers ahead of them. Kung pwedeng i-settle out of court, i-settle yan out of court,” she added.

The Darren-JK brouhaha began when the latter allegedly posted a tweet that read: “Gayness at its finest,” tagging the former.

The “Buwan” singer denied posting it, claiming that his account was hacked that time. He also insisted his management has access to it.

JK and Darren were contestants in the first season of “The Voice.” The two were tagged at the time as “BFFs (best friends forever)” despite being under different coaches.

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