Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR
Manila

POECHIZ CANTEEN INC.,
Complainant,
- versus -

Case No. 05-12817-10

RO-RO ACADEMY,
Respondent.
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REPLY-AFFIDAVIT
I, Miriam Marcos, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident
of 116 Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines, after first being duly sworn in
accordance with law, do hereby depose and state:
1. I admit the fact stated in paragraph four of the counteraffidavit, which stated that the cause of the termination of
the contract was because of the omission of PoeChiz to
deliver its payment to Ro-Ro Academy.
2. I am also well-aware that the non-payment of PoeChiz of
its obligations constitutes a valid ground for the
termination of the contract, due to a material breach of
contact. However, I would like to stress the fact that the
default of PoeChiz in its obligations is not enough reason
to warrant the posting of the malicious advisory in front of
the campus gate, for all the students, teachers, school
staff,
and
the
rest
of
the
public
to
see.

Assuming without conceding that Ro-Ro has the right to terminate the contract. Rest assured that Ro-Ro shall do all measures . Clearly. teachers and students. it used malicious words which mislead the public by illustrating PoeChiz as a threat to their safety and security. these are abusive acts in the exercise of Ro-Ro’s right. which RoRo has the utmost duty to uphold at all times. it can put whatever reasons which are unnecessary to its very intent disregarding the effect on how the public would interpret it which might prejudice the reputation of PoeChiz. Clearly. its intent is not merely to inform the public that the contract between the parties has been terminated. The posting of the advisory was clearly not made with “good motives”. If it was truly made with good motives. but also to stain the reputation of PoeChiz. when Ro-Ro posted the advisory. contrary to what the respondent has said. Rest assured that Ro-Ro is and shall take all necessary action to ensure that it will regain full possession of the South Wing of the Conservatory. then the respondent would not have put the following in the advisory: PoeChiz has in fact padlocked the canteen premises and refused to vacate the same. It is undeniable on the part of Ro-Ro that this was done consciously and willfully not only to degrade but also to put PoeChiz in shame. Such action of PoeChiz has endangered the safety and security of our employees. 3. the purpose of the advisory was to explain the termination. instead of explaining. Again. it does not follow that by posting it thru an advisory. However. To say that the posting of the said advisory was because of the year-long failure of PoeChiz to settle its obligations and refusal to vacate the premises of the respondent is implausible.

the assumption that the contract was still in effect. AND STUDENTS…TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEES. 4.1 Hence.” . the following are intended for the close interpretation of the words and phrases used in the said advisory: 4. In our defense. if Ro-Ro Academy truly intended to show “good motives” on its Advisory. TEACHERS. Hence. When the complainant padlocked the canteen premises. TEACHERS. 3. padlocking is an act which shows protection of one’s property. AND STUDENTS FROM ANY DISTURBANCE OR HARM CAUSED BY POECHIZ’ CONTINUED AND UNAUTHORIZED PRESENCE WITHIN OUR CAMPUS.2 “…SUCH ACTION OF POECHIZ HAS ENDANGERED THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR EMPLOYEES. a normal act contrary to what the respondents are implying by including it in the advisory.to protect the employees. teachers. and students from any disturbance or harm caused by PoeChiz’ continued and unauthorized presence within our campus.” To state these in the advisory made it appear that the complainant was stealing their property.1 “POE CHIZ HAS IN FACT PADLOCKED THE CANTEEN PREMISES AND REFUSED TO VACATE THE SAME. the complainants were not given any notice about the termination of the contract. it could have expressed the information otherwise in a respectful approach without imputing the reputation of PoeChiz. specifically the south wing of the Conservatory. To refute the claim of Ro-Ro Academy that they were imbued with “good motives” when its authorities posted the said advisory. 4.

Poe-Chiz chose to remain inoperative until there is a final decision regarding the validity of the termination of its contract. the advisory can be interpreted as a warning. and I felt so much disgrace and humiliation over the said advisory. It is undoubtedly clear that the crime committed by the RoRo Academy through posting the said advisory was libel. 5. this is a clear manifestation as to why the company. . If anything. Instead. the directors. this statement has made the padlocking of the canteen premises by the complainant seem dangerous when in fact. and students considering that there is an ongoing dispute between the parties which are not yet settled. its intention was contrary to what has been implied The act of padlocking should not be interpreted as a form of “danger” to the security of the employees. officers. particularly.Again. In view of the aforementioned close interpretation of the advisory. teachers.

as there is more than probable cause for its indictment. Jejomar Honasan Managing Partner. BiHon Law Offices Counsel for Complainant Roll No.CERTIFICATION I therefore most respectfully pray that criminal information for a libel case be now filed against Ro-Ro Academy. Karen Moreno Senior Asst. City Prosecutor . I am executing this reply-affidavit to attest the truth of the foregoing and to support my complaint for libel case against the respondent. 41194 SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before this 28th of November 2015. MIRIAM MARCOS Affiant By: Atty.