Korean operator of VIP airport lounge to sue army officer for libel

The Korean operator of a VIP airport lounge in Aklan will file libel and other criminal complaints against an army officer who accused the management of discrimination.

Atty. Rowena Mae Mencias, Domabem Corp. legal counsel, said the company wants to clear their name because they have been unfairly criticized, Inquirer.net reported.

The lawyer said they will file complaints of libel in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act, oral defamation, and slander by deed against 1Lt. Ryan Layug, executive officer of the Philippine Army 30th Infantry Battalion Bravo Company, for posting "malicious and false accusations" on Facebook.

In his lengthy post on January 1st, the soldier claimed that he was refused services as the establishment only caters to Koreans.

"At 10pm of January 1, 2016 I was refused to check-in and avail the VIP Lounge at the Discovery Boracay building in Kalibo International Airport that cost Php300 saying they only accept South Koreans," he posted.

Layug said he sought assistance from the Kalibo Airport police who escorted him to the lounge. The manager apologized and said they accept everyone regardless of nationality.

After saying that the female staff made an error, the manager offered him a free stay but Layug declined.

Atty. Mencias said the company will drop the complaints if the solder would issue a public apology.