Seares: Prosecutor in cyberlibel case an ex-journalist

* Assistant Prosecutor Lovey Lady Villanueva who decided to indict dyHP anchorman Arnold Bustamante was a CDN correspondent covering Talisay City

Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Lovey Lady L. Villanueva investigated the complaint for cyberlibel against dyHP reporter and anchorman Arnold Bustamante. She wrote the seven-page resolution that seeks to send Bustamante to jail, which her superiors approved, leading to his arrest last Sept. 29.

Few people know that Lovey Lady (there’s no “l” in Lovey) is herself a former journalist, a reporter like Arnold. Antonio Antogop Jr. wrote that Villanueva is his “former colleague at CDN (Cebu Daily News, the print version).” He said she “used to do features, sports and general assignments.” Kathy Navarro-Bethune told me that Villanueva was a correspondent when she joined CDN (“sometime 2002 to 2004”), first doing sports stories, then moved to Metro, covering Talisay City, with, among others, Ferliza Calizar who was with The Freeman.

Was Lovey one of the guys? Maybe then. Not in 2022, when she would look at a real libel case, not with the eyes of a St. Theresa’s College masscom student or a CDN beat reporter, but with the prosecutor’s gut drive to put people, including former colleagues, behind bars.

By the way, Assistant Prosecutor Lovey Lady Villanueva’s resolution was dated March 11 yet. But the warrant of arrest against Arnold Bustamante was issued and served only on Sept. 23.

‘He was lying’

Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos (BOPK) said twice during the Sept. 28, 2022 session of the City Council: “He was lying,” referring to lawyer Gerry Carillo, the mayor’s rep in the city’s disaster council, who purportedly claimed in an executive session that there’s already an investment plan supporting the donation of P50 million to Luzon earthquake-struck LGUs. There’s none, Mary Ann said.

Lotto: ‘Be faithful’

A PCSO official explains the phenomenon of 433 bettors winning a jackpot of nearly P240 million last Saturday, Oct. 1. They won, he says, because they were “faithful” to their numbers. “Just like being faithful to your wife,” he says.

Harvard statistics professor Dr. Mark Glickman disagrees, saying, “the odds of winning any given lottery remain the same despite the numbers selected or even if you buy a ticket for every drawing. Your odds only improve by buying more tickets.”

The odds of winning a lotto are placed at one in 3,575,880. The probability of more than 400 winners sharing the Grand Lotto jackpot? One out of a number followed by more than a thousand zeros, said an Octa Research mathematician.