‘News item is untruthful, unfair and baseless’

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I write in relation to the news item “Matillano faces 11 raps over SALN” written by Gil C. Cabacungan (Inquirer, 11/30/12).

The article is untruthful and baseless, vis-à-vis, among other issues, the real status of the case and the details thereof; my alleged retirement two weeks earlier than my “scheduled exit” on Nov. 30, 2004; and, worse, that the supposed early retirement was due to reports that I was using a blue Jaguar X-Type Luxury sedan and a yacht that were confiscated by the police.

Clearly, these untruthful reports are not fair and were made with the knowledge that they are false or, at the very least, in reckless disregard of facts, thus maligning my reputation, personal and political.

Demand is hereby made to promptly rectify such untruthful and malicious allegations by issuing a front-page retraction or erratum; otherwise I shall be constrained to resort to legal actions.

—EDUARDO S. MATILLANO,

retired police director general,

esmatillano@gmail.com

The report was based on the Ombudsman’s order and the background on the circumstances regarding his retirement was based on Inquirer stories. I stand by my report.

—GIL C. CABACUNGAN,

reporter, Inquirer

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