CA summons Trillanes over bribery allegations vs 2 justices
MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to appear before it on Friday, August 14, to explain the bribery allegations he made against two magistrates handling the case of suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.
The appellate court’s special 5th division issued a resolution on Tuesday, July 28, ordering Trillanes to appear in the oral arguments on August 14 at 2 pm at the CA Paras Hall in Manila.
The senator had alleged that CA justices Jose Reyes Jr and Francisco Acosta of the 6th division received a total of P50 million ($1.12 million) from Binay to issue resolutions in favor of the Makati mayor.
“Be that as it may, we believe that there are matters to be clarified, hence, there is a need to set a hearing to allow parties to be heard and for this Court to propound classificatory questions to the parties or their witness,” the resolution penned by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz said.
Justices Ramon Paul Hernando and Maria Luisa Quijano Padilla concurred with Cruz’s ruling.
On April 16, Binay filed a petition for contempt against Trillanes for alleging that Binay paid off 2 justices to issue a temporary restraining order and a writ of preliminary injunction that stopped Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ first suspension order against the Makati mayor.
The CA denied Trillanes’ allegations, calling his claims “baseless” and a form of harassment. They said it sought to threaten the justices for performing their duties.