MANILA -- Columnist and radio host Jobert Sucaldito allegedly accused Erik Santos of being gay and engaging in lewd acts, according to a libel lawsuit filed by the singer.
In the legal complaint filed in a Quezon City court on Thursday, Santos said that Sucaldito had repeatedly smeared his name through a series of Facebook posts, which were posted last month.
In particular, Santos alleged that Sucaldito referred to him as a gay singer in one of his "blind items," and that the radio host claimed that he did lewd acts on a masseur.
Santos said Sucaldito's posts caused him "mental anguish, serious anxiety, sleepless nights, besmirched reputation, wounded feelings and social humiliation."
The singer refused to give comments to members of the media following the filing of his case.
In addition to Santos' suit, Sucaldito is also facing several complaints from Erickson Raymundo, the head of Cornerstone Entertainment, the talent agency that handles the career of Santos.
Raymundo alleged that Sucaldito defamed the name of his company when the radio host accused them of engaging in questionable schemes that rob other artists of gigs and projects.
Together, the complaints against Sucaldito totaled to 43 counts of cyber libel, 12 counts of grave threats, two counts of libel, and one count of slander. Santos and Raymundo are collectively seeking P24 million in damages.
According to Sucaldito, he is preparing to file his counter affidavit.
He also cried foul that other celebrities whom he considered his family such as Sam Milby, Jaya, and K Brosas all supported Santos and Raymundo in the filing of their cases. --with a report from ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual