No bad blood! Cusi drops cyber libel charges vs 7 media outfits

A change of heart?

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Friday executed an affidavit of desistance with the Taguig City’s Prosecutor Office to withdraw the separate libel and cyber libel complaints he filed in November against seven news organizations that published stories about the Malampaya deal.

“Despite the hurt feelings and damage done to my name, a deeper reflection on what has transpired has led to the realization that the many interactions with the respondents have undeniably resulted in the forging of valued friendships and professional relationships. The filing of cases was precisely brought about by the hurt feelings from unverified actions or words,” Cusi said in his affidavit of desistance.

“However, in the interest of preserving what can be saved these valued relationships, I am therefore executing this affidavit of desistance to move forward from the unfortunate events by sparing everyone from the rigors of prosecuting and defending criminal cases,” he said.

Among the respondents were ABS-CBN, Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, BusinessWorld, GMA News Media, Manila Bulletin, Philstar Global, and Rappler.