Former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President and CEO Ricardo Morales filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Taguig a cyber libel complaint against Thorrsson Montes Keith, the embattled state insurer’s resigned anti-fraud legal officer.
“The first time that my family and I accessed and watched the videos and read the articles about the subject interviews from our residence in Taguig City, I was humiliated and distraught by such baseless and malicious allegations. My family was affected,” Morales said in his affidavit.
“Without a doubt, Respondent Keith’s statements have placed me in a bad light in the public’s eye. Respondent Keith’s acts are indeed criminal in nature. When Respondent Keith uttered his defamatory statements against me, they were simultaneously live-streamed over the Internet. Hence, he committed the crime of Grave Slander by, through, and with the use of information and commutations technology,” the complaint read.
Morales accused Keith, who earlier said there is a “mafia” within the state insurer, of violating Section 4(c)(4) of Republic Act 10175 or committing cyber libel.
“He has, without basis and with actual malice, falsely branded me as a ‘coddler’ of the corrupt and as an ‘assassin,’” he added.