‘Fashion Pulis' out on bail
MANILA, Philippines – Popular gossip blogger Fashion Pulis or Michael Sy Lim is out on bail, a day after he was arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDG) for a libel case filed against him by Deniece Cornejo.
In a statement posted on Lim's website, his lawyer Regie Tongcol said that he will answer the charges.
“My client Michael S. Lim has already been released. His detention was an unfortunate result of a loophole in our criminal justice system, which was taken advantage by some as a means to an end. My client is resolved to face this libel suit filed against him.
“Thus, any talks or insinuation of a possible settlement is still premature as of this time because we have yet to see Ms. Cornejo’s complaint as we have been deliberately deprived our right to participate in the preliminary investigation stage. In the coming days, we shall file the appropriate motion and/or petitions to protect Mr. Lim’s constitutional rights to due process and press freedom.”
On Tuesday, August 11 Michael was arrested in Makati after the Antipolo court issued an arrest against him. He was ordered to post a P16,000 bail.
The libel case was due to a post by Michael on his blog containing Deniece’s confidential medical report. This was taken at the height of Deniece’s case against Vhong Navarro, whom she accused of rape. – Rappler.com