Trillanes is ‘father of fake news,’ says Binay camp
The camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday called Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV “the father of fake news’’ in the Philippines after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a libel complaint against the senator.
Trillanes, who is now in the United States, has no statement on the matter, his staff said.
Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado said the DOJ’s resolution to file a libel complaint against Trillanes in the Makati Regional Trial Court “vindicated [Binay] over the malicious claims made by the senator.”
The DOJ’s move, he added, only confirmed that the Senate hearings “were purely in aid of political demolition, not legislation.”
According to Salgado, the DOJ’s resolution also exposed Trillanes as “a fake crusader against fake news,” calling the senator the “pioneer of fake news” since 2015.
“He was spreading fake news since 2015. He deserves the unflattering title ‘father of fake news in the Philippines,’” he added.
Trillanes lashes out at Malacañang amid treason allegations
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV hit Malacañang on Monday after the Palace said claims that he committed treason should be investigated first before any conclusions could be made.
Some netizens criticized Trillanes on social media after he met with US Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who confirmed in a Twitter post that they discussed “protecting #human rights amid [the] narcotics crisis” in the Philippines.
Rubio previously criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs as he, together with two other US senators, sent a letter expressing “grave concern on the extrajudicial killings and human rights violations” in the country.
Netizens claim Trillanes committed treason by meeting with Rubio.
“Nagtraydor daw ako sa bayan dahil nakipag usap ako kay US Sen. Marco Rubio kahit pa sinabi na nya mismo na PH-US alliance, corruption and human rights situation ang pinagusapan namin,” Trillanes said in a statement.
He then repeated murder accusations against Duterte.
“Ano naman ngayon ang tawag sa mga protektor ng isang presidenteng pumatay at nagpapapatay ng mga Pilipino, mga bayani? Pwede ba, umayos kayo!” he added.
On Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar was asked in a radio interview whether Trillanes should be charged with treason.
Andanar told dzMM that “We have to study this first. It’s hard to make hasty pronouncements.”
“Yan ay pag-aaralan ng DOJ. Pag-aaralan yan ng mga abogado ng ating pangulo, sapagkat ito rin po ay mga legal matters,” he said. /cbb
DOJ files libel case vs Trillanes
A case for libel has been filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) before the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
The Information (charge sheet) was filed before the Makati Court Friday at around 2 p.m.
Information was signed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edwin S. Dayon.
The case stemmed from the complaint filed by former vice president Jejomar Binay.
In his complaint, he accused Trillanes of defaming, maligning his reputation and causing his dishonor.
Binay cited in his complaint an article published in INQUIRER.net where the senator was quoted as saying that he will lead in exposing at a Senate committee hearing an alleged P100-million “racket” in Makati about “ghost senior citizens” claiming benefits during the former vice president’s term as Mayor of Makati. /je
US senator confirms meeting with Trillanes
US Republican Senator Marco Rubio has confirmed his meeting with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, saying they discussed the protection of human rights amid the country’s narcotics crisis.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Rubio, who previously criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, said that aside from the drug war, they also discussed combating corruption and the alliance between US and the Philippines.
Rubio was one of two legislators who earlier introduced a bill to restrict the supply of defense equipment to the Philippine National Police amid concerns on the drug killings in the country.
“America and the Philippines have an important and enduring alliance, which is why the growing number of extrajudicial killings as part of the Philippine National Police’s ‘war on drugs’ is deeply alarming,” the US senator had earlier said.
Commenting on Trillanes’ meeting with the US senator, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said he hopes Trillanes did not give biased information.
“We do hope the correct information has been given and not biased information designed to adversely affect US-Philippines relations,” Abella said in a press briefing.
“On whether the senator went to the US to ask some sectors to convince the US President not to visit (the Philippine), the Palace is not privy to that,” he added.
When asked about this, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said he knew of Trillanes’ trip but was not informed of the details.
US President Donald Trump is expected to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and Related Summits in November.
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