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Bias in Reporting the 200 Million Libel Suit Filed by Binay?: Media Analysis

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Examine these 3 News Releases and see for yourself which Media is the most reliable, bias or staging Media Propaganda on today’s 200 Million Libel Suit filed by Binay?

See CNN Philippines, GMA News and ABS-CBN Reports:

From CNN Philippines Report:

200-million damage suit for libel and violation of the civil code against lawmakers, government officials, and a media entity on Monday (July 20) before the Makati Regional Trial Court.

Included in the damage suit were Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, and Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice.

According to Binay’s lawyer, Claro Certeza, the malicious accusations these lawmakers made against the vice president in media interviews outside the halls of the Senate and the House of Representatives are not covered by parliamentary immunity.

Also included in the damage suit is Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for allegedly prejudging the vice president’s plunder cases and for saying that the evidence against him are strong even if the preliminary investigation is not yet done.

The vice president also filed a case against the Philippine Daily Inquirer for the alleged frequent reporting of negative stories against him.

Certeza added that Renato Bondal, Nicolas Enciso VI, Ernesto Mercado, and Mario Hechanova were also included in the case, saying that they made baseless accusations against Binay.

The damage suit also included members of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) — Amando Tetangco, Emmanuel Dooc, Teresita Herbosa, and Julia Abad — for the alleged premature release of the confidential AMLC report and for withholding information related to the income and other sources of funds of Binay.

According to Certeza, the case was filed to prove that the accusations being thrown at the vice president were baseless and are only meant to malign his character and to destroy his chances of being elected President.

Certeza explained that Binay is asking for P200-million from these people because that is the same amount that they alleged Binay had stolen from the government coffers.

From GMA News:


Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday filed a P200-million damage suit arising from alleged libelous statements against Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano; Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales; former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado; and eight others.

The complaint was filed before the Makati Regional Trial Court.

Also included as defendants were Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice; Atty. Julia Bacay Abad, executive director of the Anti-Money Laudering Council (AMLC); Mario Hechanova; Renato Bondal; Nicolas Enciso IV; Philippine Daily Inquirer; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas head Amando Tetangco Jr.; Securities and Exchange Commission chief Teresita Herbosa and Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc.

In his complaint, Binay accused the 12 defendants, allegedly motivated by political ambitions, disdain and personal animosity towards him, and or greed for power and money, colluded to malign his name and reputation to force him not to run in the 2016 presidential elections.

“(Binay’s) name and reputation will be so blackened from the baseless and fabricated accusations against him that he will lose the trust and confidence of the voters in the next presidential elections,” he said.

He said there was a well-funded and well-orchestrated campaign to maliciously accuse him of crimes and defects.

“Worse, the defendants, acting in concern, have caused much publicity of these false and baseless accusations—precisely to malign and discredit (Binay) before the public for the upcoming May 2016 elections,” he said.


MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes that the decision of Vice President Jejomar Binay to file a P200 million damage suit against his accusers is an indication that he is already panicking.

”Nagpapakita lang ito na nag-papanic na si VP Binay kaya sinusubukan na lang niyang takutin ang mga taong umuusig sa kanya,” Trillanes said in a statement.

”Gayunpaman, haharapin natin itong kasong ito sa korte at ipagpapatuloy pa rin namin ang pagbubunyag sa mga katiwaliang ginawa niya.”

Included in the P200 million suit, filed by Binay’s lawyer Claro Certeza, were Senators Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, and Ombudsman Conchita Carptio Morales.

Also in the complaint were lawyers Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso, who earlier accused Binay of being behind allegedly overpriced Makati Cuty projects; and Mario Hechanova, who backed accusations that the bidding of certain projects in Makati had been rigged.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Insurance Commission Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc, Securities and Exchange Commission chair Teresita Herbosa, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., and Presidential Management Staff chief Julia Abad were also included in the complaint filed before the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

Tetangco heads the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), while Herbosa and Dooc are members. The AMLC earlier sought the freezing of 242 bank accounts of Binay and his associates.

The vice-president believes that the AMLC erred in its report and branded the request for the freeze order, which was granted by the Court of Appeals, as political persecution.

Binay also believes that Ombudsman Morales is not impartial, even as he insists that the anti-graft body has no jurisdiction over him since he is an impeachable official.

In his complaint, Binay said the people he sued were acting in conspiracy to destroy his reputation.

He described the two senators and Erice as the “attack dogs” of his political opponents; Mercado, Hechanova, Enciso and Bondal as “paid witnesses”; the Inquirer as a “biased media outlet”; and Tetangco, Herbosa, Dooc, and Abad as “government inquisitors”.

”[The] defendants, acting with gross and evident bad faith, connived and colluded with one another in destroying the name, good and reputation of the Plaintiff (Binay) through a well-funded and well-orchestrated campaign,” the complaint reads.

Binay is seeking P200 million in moral and exemplary damages. he is also demanding at least P1 million for litigation expenses.

It is clear that CNN Philippines has detailed the facts on the event whereby GMA is a little neutral with less facts on the actual proceedings but with additional coverage on the comments of the accused. ABS-CBN is however hopeless – misleading readers just with the title and incomplete details. They all mentioned however that Philippine Daily Inquirer, a media entity was also accused of being negative on their reporting involving Binay.

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Other Important Events Here are the links to the full transcriptions and video of July 7, 2015 Binay Senate Probe: Part 1: Senate Probe Media Favors Binay Anew – July 7, 2015 Part 2: Trillanes’s Accusations are Opposite from the Witnesses’ – Part 2 July 15, 2015 Binay Senate Probe

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