May 31, 2021 @ 18:01
Trillanes found guilty of libel vs Junjun Binay
A Makati court found ex-Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV guilty of libel that ruined the reputation of former Mayor Junjun Binay.
ABS-CBN News reported Monday that the Makati Regional Trial Court branch 148 slapped a P100,000 fine and P500,000 in moral damages to Binay.
The ex-mayor sued Trillanes for making a public statement against him that the Binay family spent loads of money to peddle influence.
Trillanes’ April 7, 2015 statement alleging a “justice for sale” scheme is the subject of the complaint: “Kita mo, dahil sa paggapang eh ganyan. Malaking pera ang iniluwal ng mga Binay para dito at sa injunction na ito… Di ba konsehal ‘yan si Mayor Junjun nung nangyari itong lahat. So kasama ‘yan, sindikato ‘yang pamilya na ‘yan.”
“Making and releasing the subject statements absent a serious verification and investigation is recklessness bordering on a disregard of what is true or false,” the resolution of Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano read.
On Trillanes’ defense that he was exercising free speech, the judge said: “The recognition of a right is not free license for the one claiming it to run roughshod over the rights of others.”