Olympian Geisler files libel case vs. PH Taekwondo’s Samson

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — Just two weeks after filing a complaint against the Philippine Taekwondo Association for ‘abusive practices,’ two-time Olympian Donnie Geisler filed a libel lawsuit against PTA Secretary-General Rocky Samson.

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The ₱1.5-million lawsuit, filed at the Paranaque Prosecutor’s Office Monday, accused Samson of making false and defamatory statements during an interview with a sports radio station on June 23.

In the interview that has since been uploaded on Facebook, the PTA official allegedly accused Geisler of misleading national athletes Samuel Morrison and Arven Alcantara into thinking that their guest appearance in his online webinar was just a meet-and-greet session.

“The statements made it show that I used the athletes or national team members to teach which in fact wasn’t true because when I invited them, it was just purely to inspire the kids. They just shared a few techniques and we had a few Q&A, it was very nice,” explained Geisler. "The athletes knew what they were going to do."

The former Olympian said the statements made by Samson portrayed him as a 'dishonest person' and has not only tarnished his reputation but has also affected his business as a Taekwondo instructor resulting in a decline in enrolled students.

“My name is always being dragged down and this time we want to stand up and fight. I don’t want my reputation to be lost because of some statements made and we want to correct it,” he said

Geisler said he is willing to discuss the matter with the PTA official outside of court.

“My client is open to any dialogue as long as it’s done in a neutral ground, we’re okay,” said Jay Sangalang, Geisler’s legal counsel.

CNN Philippines tried to reach out to Samson but has yet to receive a response as of publishing.

Samson previously told CNN Philippines that he remains puzzled with Geisler’s allegations and insists there is no bad blood between the PTA and the former Olympian.

READ: PH Taekwondo Association surprised with Geisler’s allegations of 'abuse'

“We’re friends and it’s sad because alam ni Donnie talaga yung protocols kasi he is a former national team member. Sana malinaw lahat at makita namin kung ano talaga ang inirereklamo ni Donnie and I’m sure sa part ng PTA mapapaliwanag namin yan kasi naka back-up naman yung protocols,” Samson said.