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Donnie Geisler files cyber libel case against PTA

Things continue to get messy between two-time Olympian Donnie Geisler and the Philippine Taekwondo Association. 

A week after filing a case against the association for “years of maltreatment and abuse”, Geisler has sued PTA secretary-general Rocky Samson for cyber libel.

The 45-year-old, three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist filed the case at the Parañaque Prosecutor’s Office late Monday.

“Done with another round of filing,” read Geisler’s post.

His second complaint stems from the statements made by PTA officials secretary-general Rocky Samson and national team head coach Dindo Simpao. The two said that Geisler had “misled” national team athletes Butch Morrison and Arven Alcantara to join his online webinar.

“Master [Sung-Chon] Hong forgave both Butch and Arven for taking part in the online session because they were misled by Geisler that he had gotten the permission of the PTA for them to guest in that training session,” Simpao told newspaper Malaya.

Prior to this, Geisler alleged that he was “abused” by the federation for years, and that he is filing a case not just for himself but also for his students.

“I finally decided to take action and fight for my rights and to be vindicated with all the abuses and harassments committed not only against me but also my students,” his earlier statement read.

“It took me years to realize that the people whom I treated like family never treated me the same way. As I said it’s high time that I should stand my ground and protect my rights against abusive practices. If I will not do it no one else will.”

Tiebreaker Times tried to reach out to PTA but has yet to receive a response as of publishing.

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