Former Makati City mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay is bent on having Senator Antonio Trillanes IV convicted for libel even if the lawmaker has expressed willingness to enter into a settlement to resolve the case.
Although Trillanes pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 142 on Tuesday, he nodded his head in consent when the judge asked if he was willing to discuss the possibility of settling the case amicably.
Binay, however, said: “No, Your Honor.”
As a result, the court set another hearing for the case on November 9 and December 14.
Binay’s lawyer, Dan Subido, said the former mayor’s camp is “looking forward” to convicting Trillanes for libel.
“Let this be a lesson to him so that he will no longer use his position in bullying and destroying the reputation of people,” he said in a statement.
The libel charge against Trillanes stemmed from from his allegation that Binay and his family gave a multimillion-peso bribe to Justices of the Court of Appeals’ 6th Division in exchange for a favorable ruling on his prayer for a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against his suspension order.
The Supreme Court eventually sustained the regularity of the CA”s issuance of a TRO over the preventive suspension order.
In his complaint, Binay said the senator “publicly and maliciously” accused him and his family of bribery and other crimes of irregularities “without factual basis.”
The complaint cited in particular an April 7 interview with Trillanes “aired… over several radio and television programs” and quoted in a report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
In the interview, the senator “publicly claimed” that Binay bribed the members of the 6th Division of the Court of Appeals “by paying them millions of pesos in exchange for favorable action” on the temporary restraining order against his suspension order.
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