Now that Apuron is officially threatening to sue John Toves for defamation, let us recall Apuron's own defamation of Fr. Paul Gofigan.
In October of 2013, at a diocesan retreat in Tagaytay, Philippines, Archbishop Apuron, Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana, in front of approximately thirty members of the clergy who had gathered thinking they were to be addressed by their chief shepherd on spiritual matters, instead were treated to Apuron's harlequin narration of what sounds like orgiastic homosexual night-long trysts complete with "cases of beer and what not" and even a secret stairway:
“…and really for disobeying the orders I had given him two years earlier. I had waited two years to see what would happen because so many complaints were coming in about why is he still working there with him, why is he so intimate…because he had built a stairway up to his room, his room is on the second floor, and he would come in the middle of the night, you know, with cases of beer and what not and stays there to the early morning…” - Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, October, 2013, Tagaytay, Philippines
Fr. Paul did not sue Apuron. He only asked for an apology. He never got one.
Also, let us not forget Apuron's public defamation of Msgr. James Benavente. Rather than deal with Msgr. James privately about his alleged misdeeds (which have never been proven nor has Msgr. James ever received a copy of what he was accused of), Apuron did a press release listing the accusations to the secular media and had the accusations printed several times in the U Matuna. This is the equivalent of a judge publicly accusing a defendant before the defendant is even brought to trial. Such a judge would be immediately removed if not himself brought to trial.
So go ahead, archbishop, please proceed. Lots of people are waiting. Some as long as thirty years.