Habitual liars don’t tend to acknowledge that they do lie. Since it’s not socially accepted, they’ve perfected the art of lying with a lot of practice until their lies are perceived as the truth. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is again facing another libel case in court. This is over his allegations of corruption against former Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family before the 2016 elections. The lying Senator is just on bail for his temporary liberty following an arrest warrant for libel issued by the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 142. He was charged with libel after acting Makati City Prosecutor Gilmarie Pacamara found probable cause on the allegation of dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, the son of the former VP.
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The Department of Justice or DOJ filed the case recently against Trillanes before the Makati City Regional Trial Court. This is after finding probable cause in the complaint lodged by the former vice president in September 2015. The former vice president complained about Trillanes’ several allegations against him. They include the P100 million-a-year racket involving ghost senior citizens in Makati. The Binays have been ruling the progressive city for three decades now.
Trillanes said he did not recall having publicly made the statements. He said that he’s also not aware of such publication on the internet. He also said the complaint had prescribed and there was undue delay in the preliminary investigation. The DOJ dismissed Trillanes’ claims. It branded the senator’s claims about the P100-million racket “clearly defamatory.”
“The publication shows respondent’s or Trillanes’ imputation to the complainant which is Binay of vices and defects, as well as the commission of crimes, including violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The statement is clearly defamatory based on Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code,” stated the resolution dated October 9.
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The DOJ ruled. “Malice, in fact, is evident from the fact that the public statement was not based on established facts. Apparently, the public statement was made without regard to the truth or falsity thereof and at such a time as the complainant was consistently coming out in the surveys as the frontrunner in the May 2016 presidential election. The questioned publication being defamatory and malice being apparent, a prima facie case for libel exists.” Needless to say, even if Trillanes succeeded in maligning the Presidential frontrunner, he neglected the fiercer alternative. The fruit of Binay’s alliance with Du30 is now starting to surface for Bongbong Marcos’ return power takeover which was the common goal of the two former Presidentiables.