BUTUAN CITY (UPDATE 2) – Singer Yeng Constantino has posted bail after a Surigao del Norte court ordered her arrest over a cyberlibel case filed by a doctor she had criticized in a video blog.
In a statement, Constantino's lawyer Joji Alonso said the singer's bail has just been approved.
"Our client Ms Yeng Constantino-Asuncion, has posted bail and an Order approving the same has just been signed," he said.
He added that Constantino's camp has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.
"We shall be addressing the charges in the coming days," the singer's camp said.
The regional trial court in Dapa town in Siargao island, Surigao del Norte ordered Constantino's arrest over a cyberlibel complaint filed by Dr. Esterlina Tan.
She filed the charges months after the singer alleged in a Youtube video that the physician did not adequately attend to her husband Yan Asuncion who met an accident in Siargao last year.
The arrest warrant was issued on December 12, 2019 but a copy was delivered to police only on Friday morning, said Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., regional director of the Caraga Police Office.
"Ngayon lang kasi kami nabigyan ng kopya so I have to ask my provincial director as to the status kasi 'yung kaso bailable lang ng P30,000 so kung live pa 'yung warrant of arrest she could be subjected to arrest," he said.
(We were given a copy just now so I have to ask my provincial director as to the status because the bail is just P30,000 so if the warrant of arrest is still live, she could be subjected to arrest.)
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) offered to help mend ties between Constantino and Tan.
"The PMA is always open and offers its venue for a possible peaceful settlement between Dr. Tan and Madam Yeng Constantino," the group said in a statement.
The "Hawak Kamay" singer issued a public apology in July 2019, days after she was scorned on social media for "doctor shaming."
In September 2019, Constantino said she would be taking a break from social media to recover from the heavy bashing she received.
– with reports from Charmane Awitan and Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News