A Davao court ordered on Friday the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a strong critic of Duterte Administration, now is facing arrest for libel.
The Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 set bail at P24,000 for each of the four cases of libel, bringing it to a total of P96,000.
ABOUT THE CASE
President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, then Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, filed a libel case against Trillanes in September, a year after the senator accused him of corruption.
It can be recalled that Senator Trillanes, in 2017, claimed Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law Manases Carpio were involved in a scheme to extort money from ride-hailing firms.
Trillanes, in a statement, said he would post bail for the case on Monday, Dec. 10.
This after he was informed by his lawyers that as a senator, he enjoys the privilege of not being arrested for cases punishable by less than 6 years imprisonment while Congress is in session.
“So, instead of turning myself in, which is apparently not possible under the circumstances, I will just post bail before the appropriate court on Monday,” he added.
Trillanes, a leading critic of President Duterte, also cried foul over his latest legal problem.
“Baliktad ang hustisya sa gobyerno ni Duterte. Ang mga mandarambong ay pinalaya na. Ang mga kritiko naman ay gagawan ng kaso para pilit na maikulong,” he said.
(Justice in the Duterte administration is lopsided. Corrupt officials are freed while critics are slapped with trumped up charges so they’d end up in jail.)
In getting his reaction over the court arrest, Paolo Duterte said via Facebook post, he is content with the arrest order.
Two months ago, Trillanes already face arrest for different case of rebellion when he was still a member of Philippine Army.