MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday, October 23, filed libel charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over media statements made in 2015 against former vice president Jejomar Binay.
The information was approved by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon on October 9, and filed before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Monday.
The libel case, filed in September 2015, covers Trillanes’ statement to the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the Senate blue ribbon committee would uncover that there is allegedly a “P100 million racket a year” in Makati City.
This statements were made during the height of the committee’s investigations into alleged overpriced projects in Makati City, including the Makati City Hall parking building and the Makati Science High School, that led to separate graft charges pending before the Sandiganbayan against Binay and his son, former Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay.
In the information, the DOJ charged Trillanes of “defaming and maligning the reputation and causing the dishonor” of Jejomar Binay.
Trillanes already has a pending case before the Makati RTC Branch 142 for a separate libel charge filed against him by Junjun Binay. That case covers Trillanes’ statement also to the Inquirer that the Binay family is “part of a syndicate.”
Rappler has reached out to Trillanes for comment, but the senator has yet to issue one as of posting time. – Rappler.com
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