Vivamax stars AJ Raval, Ayanna Misola, Azi Acosta face criminal case for ‘obscene publication’
Kapisanan ng Social Media Broadcasters ng Pilipinas, Inc. (KSMBPI) filed criminal cases against Vivamax artists including AJ Raval, Ayanna Misola and Azi Acosta for violation of the cybercrime law, citing the actresses’ “obscene publication.”
KSMBPI, the same group that slammed TV hosts Vice Ganda, Ion Perez and vlogger Toni Fowler with cybercrime charges, filed lawsuits against Raval, Misola and Acosta before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The actresses—alongside fellow Vivamax star Angeli Khang who was earlier charged with a similar criminal case—were accused of violation of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which declares criminal the propagation of “immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions, and indecent shows.”
The group said the legal action is part of its advocacy against “moral decay and anarchy” in show business, that is “entwined to social media.”
Mark Tolentino, the legal counsel of KSMBPI, showed copies of the criminal complaints against the Vivamax artists via his Facebook page.
KSMBPI Secretary General Bernie Miaque also disclosed in a statement that there were “silent victims” who reached out to them and revealed “dark scandalous secret” within the showbiz industry.
While the group has yet to give further details on such, Miaque added that KSMBPI is set to file more complaints against entertainment personalities including “movie directors, talent managers, talent agents, entertainment columnists/commentators and even showbiz reporters.”
Miaque further noted that “KSMBPI is still studying if there is any legal liabilities that can be implicated to production houses or companies” for criminal offenses such as sexual harassment and human trafficking.
Vivamax as well as its artists Raval, Misola, Acosta and Khang have yet to publicly comment on the matter, as of writing. EDV