Jay Sonza (Photo courtesy of VivaPinas.com)

Jay Sonza has been granted release from detention after the dismissal of criminal charges against him by two Quezon City Regional Trial Courts (QC RTC).

However, he has chosen to remain incarcerated due to a separate commitment order that mandates his detention at the Quezon City Jail Quarantine Facility in Barangay Payatas. This order is linked to a libel case filed against him at QC RTC Branch 77.

Sources within the jail, speaking on condition of anonymity, conveyed to The Manila Times via Viber that Sonza, who had reportedly declined communication with individuals, including some “politicians,” until his legal matters concluded, has presently opted to continue his detention.

According to the same undisclosed jail official, Sonza’s libel case is scheduled for a hearing by the end of the week, during which he is anticipated to post bail of P10,000 for his temporary release.

Alongside QC RTC Branch 215, Judge Editha Mina-Aguba of Branch 100 also decided to dismiss the case against Sonza. This ruling was due to the repeated absence of the private complainants in the proceedings. (ai/mnm)