Trillanes posts bail for Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio’s libel cases vs him

Camille Elemia
Trillanes posts bail for Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio’s libel cases vs him
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail of P96,000 – or P24,000 for each of the 4 counts of libel separately filed by Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday, December 10, posted bail at the Pasay City Regional Trial Court for the libel cases lodged against him by presidential son Paolo Duterte and son-in-law Manases Carpio.

Trillanes posted bail of P96,000 – P24,000 for each of the 4 counts of libel separately filed by Carpio and Duterte – at the Pasay RTC Branch 118.

On Friday, December 7, Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 issued 4 warrants of arrest against Trillanes, President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic.

The charges stemmed from Trillanes’ accusations linking the two to the smuggling of billions worth of shabu. Paolo Duterte also said Trillanes accused him of engaging in extortion from ride-sharing firm Uber and other companies.

They also accused Trillanes of making “false, baseless, and unfounded” claims that they demanded money from ride-sharing companies, particularly Uber.

Last week, the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150, which handles the rebellion case of the senator, junked the Department of Justice’s motion to reconsider the court’s decision allowing the senator to travel abroad.

Trillanes had also posted a P200,000 travel bond, as he is set to go to Europe and the United States from December 11 to January 11, 2019 for speaking engagements. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com