Pinoy Ako Blog founder files complaint vs Sass Sasot, RJ Nieto

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — Jover Laurio, the woman behind the Pinoy Ako Blog, filed a civil complaint against bloggers Rey Joseph Nieto and Allantroy Rogando "Sass" Sasot before the Makati Regional Trial Court on Tuesday.

In Laurio's complaint, her legal counsel Juan Gregorio Ragrario said Nieto and Sasot violated the Data Privacy Act of 2012, along with some provisions of the Civil Code pertaining to breach of rights to privacy and free speech.

Laurio, through the Pinoy Ako Blog, is a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration, while Nieto, who owns the Thinking Pinoy blog, and Sasot are vocal supporters of the President.

The complaint stemmed from an October 2017 article posted on the Thinking Pinoy blog titled "#CocoyGate: Cocoy's Missing? Hey NBI Cybercrime, here's another name." It was co-written by Nieto and Sasot.

According to the complaint, the two respondents "maliciously and with ill intent, collected, recorded, consolidated, and published, without authorization" Jover's name, credentials for her blog, and her law school. It added Nieto and Sasot also called on the National Bureau of Investigation to look into Laurio.

The document said that the practice, also called doxing, "is typically done with malicious intent to intimidate, interrogate, blackmail, and control."

It also stated the article resulted in Laurio receiving harassing and threatening messages both publicly and privately, prompting her to take a leave of absence both from law school and her work.

"Nieto's and Sasot's acts of constantly harassing [Laurio] and encouraging and abetting similar behavior from others, is an act similar to vexing and humiliating another on account of personal conditions," the complaint stated. "There is a clear intent on the part of Nieto and Sasot to inflict emotional distress upon Jover."

In a Facebook post, Sasot said "all the information that we got from Jover Laurio are available in the public domain. That it's a crime to publish what's publicly available is just idiotic."

Laurio sought for a total of P2,150,000 in nominal, moral, and exemplary damages, along with the attorney's fees and complaint filing costs.