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SENATE HEARING: ATTACKS VS VP BINAY MERE REHASH OF TRILLANES' STATEMENTS BEFORE - VP CAMP


Trillanes: Google images Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee’s allegations during the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing were not surprising as far as the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay is concerned. “The lawyer for Delfin Lee was allowed to read the statement of the detained property developer, an accommodation not accorded to one of the lawyers of Vice President Jejomar Binay, JV Bautista, who was thrown out of the Senate floor. This only validates our position that this is a one-sided forum solely for the detractors of the Vice President,” Binay’s spokesman for political affairs lawyer Rico Quicho said. Quicho said Lee’s statement was a rehash and reiteration of the previous statements of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. “We need not state the obvious that the two are now working hand in hand to demolish the gains of Pag-IBIG Fund under the leadership of Vice President Binay. The allegations against the judge handling Mr. Lee’s case must be dealt with by the court concerned,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Senate’s ‘blabbermouth’ tags CA justices on bribe raps


TRILLANES  Chief detractor of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, earned a new title as the Senate blabbermouth, United Nationalist Alliance (UA) interim president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said after Trillanes named two Court of Appeals (CA) justices as having been bribed to issue court orders favorable to Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. Trillanes, however, failed to give any evidence on his allegations which prompted Tiangco to accuse the senator of citing imaginary sources to hurl new unfounded charges against Binay.
Tiangco dared Trillanes to shed off his parliamentary immunity and file whatever he may deem as appropriate charges against all those he is accusing of bribery. The congresswoman-daughter of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay also called on the senator to resign after admitting he holds no evidence to back up his accusations “.READ MORE...


ALSO: After four years, Ombudsman Morales back at Supreme Court as petitioner


SC oral arguments on Junjun Binay TRO held in Baguio Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales talks to the media on Tuesday, April 14, before the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the TRO issued by the Court of Appeals against the suspension order on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Mark Merueñas
BAGUIO CITY—Four years after leaving the Supreme Court, Conchita Carpio-Morales is back at the high tribunal, no longer as an associate justice but as a petitioner to defend her decision to preventively suspend Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. "I'm happy to be back in my home for nine years," said Carpio-Morales, who was appointed to the SC in 2002. She left the tribunal after President Benigno Aquino III appointed her as Ombudsman in 2011. Morales, who used to join her 14 other SC magistrates during oral arguments, said it was her first time to be on the other side of the bench, as a petitioner. Even if she attended, Morales will not be arguing her position before her former SC colleagues, as this will be the job of the Office of Solicitor General, which represents the government in cases. Morales said the purpose of the preventive suspension was particularly to pave the way for a preliminary investigation where Binay can defend himself. READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes turns sights on Abigail Binay’s pork-funded earthworm project


REP ABIGAIL BINAY: SCREENGRAB FROM UBTVWEB NEWS VIDEO 

After initiating the Senate investigation several months ago into the alleged corrupt practices of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is now training his guns on another Binay, the Vice President's daughter Makati Rep. Abigail Binay.
Trillanes told reporters in a news forum that he would initiate an investigation into Abigail's alleged misuse of her Priority Development Assistance Fund. He made the remark after Representative Binay challenged the senator to apologize to the two Court of Appeals justices, who he accused of receiving P25 million each in exchange for issuing a temporary restraining order on the Ombudsman's suspension of the Makati mayor. READ MORE...

ALSO: SC Chief Justice Sereno asks Trillanes for proof


Sereno 
CHARGES of corruption in the judiciary must be substantiated by evidence before the Supreme Court can act on them, the tribunal said Tuesday. “That’s the pronouncement made by the Chief Justice [Ma. Lourdes Sereno] on several occasions, and that’s also the position taken by the Court. That’s still the position of the Court,” said the tribunal’s spokesman, Theodore Te in a press conference in Baguio City. Te’s statement came in the wake of charges by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of bribery against two magistrates of the Court of Appeals, whom he accused of accepting P25 million each to stop the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. “If they (accusers) have specific names, details and proofs, they can always submit [these] to the court,” Te said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lee silent on VP raps in 2010 probe


Detained housing developer Delfin Lee (photo) testified twice before Senate probers sometime in 2010 defending his company, Globe Asiatique Holdings Inc., from the alleged housing scam and in both instances he never mentioned the alleged extort try of the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Lee has been charged for defrauding the government shelter fund of more than P6 billion in mass housing loans. Lee likewise missed out, supposedly, the opportunity to disclose the alleged pressure on him by Binay’s camp to link former Vice President Noli de Castro, in both instances of his Senate appearance. A cloud of doubt hangs over the revelations made by Lee in a statement read by his lawyer Willie Rivera last Monday as Senate records showed Lee’s testimonies in the Senate when the issue on the alleged housing scam involving the Home Development Mutual Fund (PagIBIG Fund) was first probed way back in 2010.Senate records showed Lee appearing in the hearings conducted by the committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies presided by then chairman Sen. Sergio Osmena III, in Oct. 7 and Dec. 9, 2010 which was also attended by De Castro. Speaking through his lawyer Willie Rivera, Lee claimed the Vice President’s known close associate, Gerry Limlingan, allegedly attempted twice in coercing the businessman into coming up with the said money in exchange for the dropping of criminal charges.READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayor Junjun Binay files libel suit against senator [According to a report from radio dzMM, the senator said that the Binays made a mistake of threatening him. "Gawin na nila ang kanilang gustong gawin. Basta hahabulin ko sila hanggang makulong sila. Mga kurakot," Trillanes said in a text message]


Binay 
MAKATI Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr. filed a libel complaint Tuesday against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for “publicly and maliciously” accusing him and his family of bribery and other crimes without factual basis. In an interview aired April 7 over several radio and TV programs and directly quoted in newspapers, Trillanes publicly claimed that the mayor bribed members of the 6th Division of the Court of Appeals with millions of pesos in exchange for favorable action on his petition for a temporary restraining order to stop his preventive suspension. In the news reports, Trillanes was also quoted as saying that the mayor and his family were “part of a syndicate” that has committed various crimes and irregularities. In his complaint, Binay said it was evident from the media interview of Trillanes and the subsequent article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer under the headline “Trillanes: I will expose Binay paid for TRO”, that he had made the statements “despite the utter lack of evidence.”  READ MORE...

ALSO Trillanes: Sources 'A1' but must be protected


'VALIDATION DONE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV vouches for the credibility of his sources but refuses to reveal their identities. File photo from Senate PRIB 
Trillanes says his next target is to investigate the pork barrel fund allocations of Binay's daughter, Makati Representative Abigail Binay  – Who is more credible: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV or the Binays? The senator said it is up to the public to answer this question, standing by his bribery allegations against the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay even as he faces a libel case and possible contempt of court.
Under fire over his failure to present evidence so far, Trillanes vouched for his unnamed “reliable sources” who informed him that two Court of Appeals (CA) justices received P50 million ($1.12 million) to issue orders stopping the suspension of Binay's son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. READ MORE...


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Attacks vs Binay read by Lee's lawyer mere rehash, reiteration of old statements of Trillanes


TRILLANES: GOOGLE IMAGES

MANILA, APRIL 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores - Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee’s allegations during the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing were not surprising as far as the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay is concerned.

“The lawyer for Delfin Lee was allowed to read the statement of the detained property developer, an accommodation not accorded to one of the lawyers of Vice President Jejomar Binay, JV Bautista, who was thrown out of the Senate floor. This only validates our position that this is a one-sided forum solely for the detractors of the Vice President,” Binay’s spokesman for political affairs lawyer Rico Quicho said.

Quicho said Lee’s statement was a rehash and reiteration of the previous statements of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

“We need not state the obvious that the two are now working hand in hand to demolish the gains of Pag-IBIG Fund under the leadership of Vice President Binay. The allegations against the judge handling Mr. Lee’s case must be dealt with by the court concerned,” he said.

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Quicho said that it is evident that Lee is looking for a friendly forum where he could defend himself against the crime he committed against Pag-IBIG members and get back at Binay, who was instrumental in curbing anomalies in the housing sector.

“Contrary to Mr. Lee’s claims, it was the Vice President who advised lawyers not to include former Vice President De Castro because there was no evidence against him. This belated statement of Mr. Lee is clearly meant to sow intrigue between the Vice President and Mr. De Castro. It is disappointing that Mr. Lee has taken cue from Sen. (Antonio) Trillanes that the Senate could be a venue to tarnish the reputation of people even without proof of the same,” Quicho said.

Trillanes not a lawyer, lawyering for Lee

United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco lashed out at Trillanes for lawyering for Lee.

“If you listen to Trillanes, it appears that Delfin Lee is a saint. This is the person who destroyed the lives of thousands of ordinary workers. He should pity them instead of Delfin Lee,” Tiangco said.

Tiangco said Trillanes is playing multiple roles to further his vice presidential ambition.

“Now he is a prosecutor, judge and executioner and those he has maligned cannot defend themselves because he will bully them into silence,” he said.

The UNA stalwart added that Trillanes is after the public’s perception of the Vice President and not to look for the truth in the issues thrown against the Vice President.

“This is not about evidence. This is all about perception and painting a negative picture of VP Binay through lies and innuendoes,” he said. – With Christina Mendez


TRIBUNE

Senate’s ‘blabbermouth’ tags CA justices on bribe raps Written by Tribune Wires
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:00


TRILLANES

Chief detractor of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, earned a new title as the Senate blabbermouth, United Nationalist Alliance (UA) interim president, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said after Trillanes named two Court of Appeals (CA) justices as having been bribed to issue court orders favorable to Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr.

Trillanes, however, failed to give any evidence on his allegations which prompted Tiangco to accuse the senator of citing imaginary sources to hurl new unfounded charges against Binay.

Tiangco dared Trillanes to shed off his parliamentary immunity and file whatever he may deem as appropriate charges against all those he is accusing of bribery.

The congresswoman-daughter of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay also called on the senator to resign after admitting he holds no evidence to back up his accusations

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“As expected, Trillanes is hiding again behind his parliamentary immunity to throw baseless and malicious allegations not only against the Vice President but against the justices,” Tiangco said.

“If he (Trillanes) really has evidence, the simplest thing for him to do is to file bribery charges in court,” he added.

Tiangco said that Trillanes has showed his callousness by wanting the Senate to investigate a co-equal branch of government based on his “imaginary sources”.


TIANGCO

“This VP-wannabe’s lust for power has pushed him to lose his mind. Now he wants the Senate to investigate the courts which is a co-equal branch without offering any credible evidence but merely on the word of some imaginary ‘sources’,” he said.

Trillanes claimed two Court of Appeals (CA) justices were supposedly paid off by the camp of Binay and his family.

In his filed resolution, Trillanes said the bribery on two of the three CA justices involved in the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction on the suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman against Mayor Binay, supposedly “on the take” took place twice, amounting to P25 million each.

The said CA justices involved in the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction on the suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman against Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. implicated by Trillanes were Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta.

“Based on the information that reached us, there were only two (justices),” he claimed.
The CA magistrates vehemently denied Trillanes’ allegations.

In a statement, Reyes, chairman of the Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals, said he “ categorically denies the unfounded accusations against him — that he received money, favor or promise in exchange for the Division’s issuances.” Associate Justice Francisco Acosta and Eduardo Peralta concurred.

The Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and preliminary injunction were issued by the Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals, acting as a collegiate body, after observing a meticulous, impartial and judicious evaluation of prevailing laws, jurisprudence and evidence presented by the parties, he said.

“Baseless accusations constitute harassment that seek to threaten magistrates in Our bounden duty to discharge justice based on fairness, impartiality and the rule of law, and undermines the integrity of the judiciary as an institution and weakens the people’s faith in our legal processes,” he added.
“The judiciary must be insulated from partisan politics. We dispense justice based on the rule of law and established evidence, and will continue to do so,” he said.

An injunction order was handed down by the Court of Appeals (CA) ordering government officials to respect the “status quo” in Makati City after the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Mayor Binay.

In its resolution , the appellate court under Reyes granted Binay’s appeal for a writ of preliminary injunction extending the March 16 temporary restraining order which the appellate court originally issued.
The resolution enjoins the “ Office of the Ombudsman and the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] and their agents… from enforcing the joint order dated March 10 and to respect and preserve the status quo before the issuance of the aforesaid order.”

The CA also ordered Binay to post a bond amounting to P500,000 “which shall answer for whatever damages which may be sustained by reason of the preliminary injunction in the event that it is finally decided that petitioner is not entitled thereto.”

The appellate court also denied the motion of the Ombudsman through the office of the solicitor general seeking suspension of the CA proceedings due to its petition filed in the Supreme Court.

Assistant Solicitor General Hermes Ocampo cited judicial courtesy since any further action of the CA would preempt the ruling of the high court of their petition, which questioned the CA’s temporary restraining order on the suspension against Mayor Binay.


Associate Justice JOSE C. REYES, JR. was born on September 18, 1950 in Tacloban City. He is a Professional Lecturer II of the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court. He has also been a part-time faculty member of the Commercial Law Department, College of Business and Economics at the De La Salle University for 31 years. The university awarded him the Most Outstanding Part-time Faculty for School Year 2001-2002. He is also a Lay Minister of the Holy Eucharist, a State Advocate of the Knights of Columbus and a Chapter Head of Couples for Christ.


ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FRANCISCO P. ACOSTA has been in the private practice of law since 1972 up to the time he was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. Justice Acosta is currently the Vice -President and Member of the Board of Trustees of San Beda Law Alumni. He is likewise a member of the Asean Law Association and the Rotary Club of Fairview.

Reyes denied the OSG’s motion in open court hearing, citing Section 7, Rules 65 of the Rules of Court, which provides that any petition in a higher court “shall not interrupt the course of the principal case” in the absence of a halt order.

The magistrate also told Ocampo that failure to proceed with the case could be a ground for an administrative charge against them.

“Judicial courtesy must be applied with prudence and caution,” Reyes stressed.

The CA justices also questioned Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera for questioning the jurisdiction of the appellate court and insisting on the non-applicability of the principle of condonation in the case.

The ongoing Ombudsman probe covers two checks for payment of builders of the Makati City Hall building 2 and an P11-million contract for the architectural design of the building signed by Mayor Binay in his current term, which therefore cannot be considered condoned.

Trillanes, citing sources privy to the matter, filed a resolution in the Senate calling for an investigation for the “justice for sale” at the CA.

The senator alleged that Reyes and Acosta received P20 million each to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr.

He added that the two CA justices also received P5 million each upon the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction against the suspension.

Lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho, the elder Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs also hit the senator for insulting a trusted institution like the Judiciary just to advance his personal agenda.

“Senator Trillanes has once again showed the people that he would rather destroy and vilify an independent and co-equal institution like the Judiciary just for his personal motives,” said Quicho.

Quicho said that while the Judiciary has painstakingly instituted reforms to ensure that the justice system in the country can be trusted by the people, Trillanes has irresponsibly brushed these efforts aside with his innuendoes and cheap shots.

“He is bullying the magistrates of the Court of Appeals by giving the impression that if a court does not issue a decision to his liking he will use his immunity to malign and threaten them with a Senate investigation under the guise of it being in aid of legislation,” Quicho said.

“Senator Trillanes is really engaged in a slash-and-burn tactic to destroy institutions and personalities who are not easily cowed and stand against his Messianic complex. Indeed, he is once again serving his self-interest at the expense of the public,” said the vice president’s spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay called on Trillanes to resign after the senator admitted he has no evidence to substantiate his claims the Binays bribed the CA to issue a favorable ruling for his brother.

Trillanes, while maintaining a firm stance on the accuracy of his information against the said matter, although he retracted his earlier claims as he initially said that all three of the magistrates were supposed to have been in receipt of grease money from the Binays, refused to back up his charges by providing additional details.

“That is the information that I can give for the meantime as I don’t want to compromise the information,” he said in an interview with reporters.

Given the seriousness of his allegations, Trillanes boasted that he can stand his ground on the charges as this was not supposedly the first time that he made major revelations and managed to vindicate on his allegations.

Trillanes is hoping that his resolution No. 1265 concerning what he dubbed as a “system of justice for sale” will be referred to the Senate committee on justice and human rights chaired by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III while he’s also expecting the Supreme Court (SC) to step in an take appropriate action.

Considering the issue of inter-chamber courtesy, the Senate would likely be dealing with the issue of whether they can invite the CA justices or not and from the looks of it, Trillanes do not seem to be considering the idea saying that there are many ways or “approach” that will not necessarily call for them to summon the officials concerned.

In his resolution, Trillanes said that serious allegations have recently surfaced that the Binay camp paid off certain CA Justices to rule in their favor.

“It is incumbent upon the Legislature, as one of the three separate but co-equal branches of the government, under the system of checks and balances established and embedded in the Constitution, to look into and investigate such alleged abuses and/or corrupt practices by other branches of government, particularly when the concerned branch of government has failed to act thereon, and to ensure that the aforementioned anomalies are publicly exposed and addressed promptly and effectively through penal and remedial legislation,” Trillanes said.

Sen. Nancy Binay (photo) said she hopes that Trillanes will change his brand of politics that already borders on verbal terrorism.

Binay said that Trillanes’ baseless accusations are ruining families and institutions, and his reported expose on Monday is another attempt to push for his political agenda using taxpayers’ money.

“It is disturbing that Sen. Trillanes does not even make an effort to hide the fact that his actions are motivated by his ambition. He will stop at nothing to get to the position he wants in 2016,” she added.

The senator added that it is unfortunate that Trillanes would resort to lies, distortions and unrestrained hate barrage against institutions like the Court of Appeals (CA) and even local courts.

“He alleged that my father was behind the move even before he got hold of a copy of the decision.

What he is doing is destroy first and search for proof later which is doing a great damage to many institutions, and I fear how much damage he will do to our judiciary because of his baseless accusations,” Binay noted.

Sen. Binay believes that Trillanes would once more fail to provide proof in his latest move to discredit the Vice President.
By Charlie V. Manalo, Angie M. Rosales and Benjamin B. Pulta


GMA NEWS ONLINE

After four years, Ombudsman Morales back at Supreme Court as petitioner By MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News April 14, 2015 3:51pm


SC oral arguments on Junjun Binay TRO held in Baguio Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales talks to the media on Tuesday, April 14, before the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the TRO issued by the Court of Appeals against the suspension order on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Mark Merueñas

BAGUIO CITY—Four years after leaving the Supreme Court, Conchita Carpio-Morales is back at the high tribunal, no longer as an associate justice but as a petitioner to defend her decision to preventively suspend Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

"I'm happy to be back in my home for nine years," said Carpio-Morales, who was appointed to the SC in 2002. She left the tribunal after President Benigno Aquino III appointed her as Ombudsman in 2011.

Morales, who used to join her 14 other SC magistrates during oral arguments, said it was her first time to be on the other side of the bench, as a petitioner.

Even if she attended, Morales will not be arguing her position before her former SC colleagues, as this will be the job of the Office of Solicitor General, which represents the government in cases.

Morales said the purpose of the preventive suspension was particularly to pave the way for a preliminary investigation where Binay can defend himself.

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"That is why we are conducting a preliminary investigation to give them a chance to controvert the allegations," said Morales. Apart from Binay, 15 other officers of the Makati City local government were suspended over overpricing allegations in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

In case the SC rules in Binay's favor, Morales said she would not be "devastated," but instead have "more determination to proceed in investigating cases and ensure the cases we file are meritorious."

Morales maintained that the Court of Appeals, which earlier issued an injunction stopping the suspension, has no authority to decide on rulings made by the Ombudsman, which is an independent constitutional body.

"[If you allow that] it is going to create a floodgate for other respondents to assail rulings of the Ombudsman," she said.

The CA injunction stemmed from a petition filed by Binay with the appeals court contesting the Ombudsman joint order suspending him. The CA initially issued a temporary restraining order, but the Department of Interior and Local Government refused to honor the order, saying it was issued too late.

This prompted Binay to sue the DILG and even Morales for contempt.

The CA eventually clarified its TRO and came up with a writ of injunction, explaining that the status quo prior to the suspension should be maintained.

36-page petition

The Supreme Court on Tuesday started conducting oral arguments on a petition on the suspension of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, with petitioner Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Makati Rep. Mar-Len Abigail both attending the debate.

Currently interpolating Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who represents Morales, is SC Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza.

In her 36-page petition for certiorari, the Ombudsman asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order against any further proceeding on Binay’s petition contesting his six-month preventive suspension.

The Ombudsman also wanted the SC to stop Binay “from continuing to misrepresent himself as the City Mayor of Makati City and discharging function as such.”

The Ombudsman claimed its independence was also “gravely undermined” when the CA last March 16 issued a TRO stopping its joint order to suspendBinay, son of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“The questioned resolutions issued by respondent Court of Appeals will create a dangerous precedent for other public officials and employees under investigation or prosecution to thwart or delay such investigation or prosecution,” read the petition.

The Ombudsman stressed that it is an independent body created under the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

The Ombudsman said the CA committed grave abuse of discretion when it issued the TRO that is “totally bereft of legal basis.”

It insisted that its suspension of Binay was a “lawful exercise of discretion that cannot be the subject of any injunctive writ.” —NB, GMA News


ABS-CBN

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay sues Trillanes for libel over bribery claim


JUNJUN BINAY VS TRILLANES

MANILA (UPDATED) – Makati Mayor Junjun Binay has filed a libel complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the latter claimed the mayor's camp bribed several Court of Appeals (CA) justices.

Binay filed the libel complaint before the Office of the Makati City Prosecutor on Monday against Trillanes ''for having 'publicly and maliciously' accused him and his family of bribery and other crimes and irregularities 'without factual basis.'''

Trillanes, however, was unfazed, saying he will continue to run after corrupt officials.

"He can do whatever he wants, basta hahabulin ko sila hanggang makulong silang mga kurakot. Nagkamali sya ng tatakutin," the senator said in a text message.

Trillanes earlier alleged that lawyer Pancho Villaraza facilitated the transaction to pay off Court of Appeals Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta in exchange for issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Binay's suspension.

For the first TRO, Trillanes said the judges received P20 million each, citing "reliable sources." He said they then got P5 million each for issuing a writ of permanent injunction recently.

"This was purportedly the reason why the concerned CA division issues the writ of preliminary injunction with undue and inordinate haste, long before its TRO is supposed to elapse," the resolution states.

In his libel complaint, Binay said Trillanes made the statements ''despite the utter lack of evidence."

''The damaging and ruinous claims spewed out by respondent Trillanes are mere concoctions and fabrications with no other purpose than to malign, discredit, ruin my reputation and besmirch my good name as well as that of my family,'' Binay said.

Binay said Trillanes' claims ''were not made in response to duty, but only with the obvious intention to injure my reputation as well as those of my family."

Justice Reyes has already denied Trillanes' allegations, saying the legislator's accusations constitute harassment.

For its part, the law firm that Trillanes named as the middle man in the alleged bribery case said the senator’s statements are ''libelous.''

Villaraza and Angangco Managing Partner Bienvenido Somera, Jr. said Binay is not even their client.

“In the spirit of fairness and in accordance with due process, we challenge Senator Trillanes to reveal who his ‘reliable sources’ are, and more importantly to produce proof to support his libelous statements,” Somera said.

He added, “it appears that Senator Trillanes is being misled and dragged by adversaries of the firm into the private commercial dispute referred to in his resolution.” -- With a report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

FROM PHILSTAR RELATED STORY

Trillanes on libel case: Binay made a mistake By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated April 14, 2015 - 5:55pm


Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay filed a libel case against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV remains unfazed despite the libel case that Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay filed against him.

During a Senate hearing last Monday, Trillanes claimed that the Binay camp paid off two Court of Appeals (CA) justices with P25 million each in exchange for the temporary restraining order on the Makati Mayor's preventive suspension.

According to a report from radio dzMM, the senator said that the Binays made a mistake of threatening him.

"Gawin na nila ang kanilang gustong gawin. Basta hahabulin ko sila hanggang makulong sila. Mga kurakot," Trillanes said in a text message.

Trillanes himself admitted that he had no valid proof or factual basis of his allegations.

He called on the Senate to conduct an investigation regarding the alleged bribery of CA justices Jose Reyes and Francisco Acosta.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Trillanes turns sights on Abi Binay’s pork-funded earthworm project By AMITA O. LEGASPI, GMA News April 15, 2015 3:31pm


REP ABIGAIL BINAY: SCREENGRAB FROM UBTVWEB NEWS VIDEO

After initiating the Senate investigation several months ago into the alleged corrupt practices of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is now training his guns on another Binay, the Vice President's daughter Makati Rep. Abigail Binay.

Trillanes told reporters in a news forum that he would initiate an investigation into Abigail's alleged misuse of her Priority Development Assistance Fund.

He made the remark after Representative Binay challenged the senator to apologize to the two Court of Appeals justices, who he accused of receiving P25 million each in exchange for issuing a temporary restraining order on the Ombudsman's suspension of the Makati mayor.

“Parang mga bata itong mga ito e puro na lang hamon, puro na lang challenge tapos itong mga Binay pag inimbitahan mo sa Senado ayaw namang humarap. I will not take on that challenge but what I will take on is the challenge to investigate yung anomaly nung PDAF niya,” Trillanes said.

He said he already asked his staff to do research on Representative Binay's alleged PDAF-funded vermiculture project and allocations to foundations controlled by the Binay family.

“Nag-allocate ng organic fertilizer yata ito, yung mga bulate para sa Makati e wala namang lupain dun. Yung mga PDAF na nilagay nila sa mga foundation pinag-aaralan natin yan," Trillanes said.

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"Iniimbestigahan natin yung reported na allocation sa mga Napoles-type NGOs pero ito connected sa mga binay. Ngayon na lumabas siya at nagpapasin, bibigyan natin siya ng karampatang pansin,” he added.

Representative Binay has yet to reply to GMA News Online as of posting time.

Alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is facing plunder and graft charges for diverting PDAF allocations to her bogus foundations.

Asked if he would file a resolution about it at the Senate, Trillanes said there were other forums where the alleged anomalies could be discussed.

“Maraming pwedeng forum to take that up, hindi siya covered ng Senate. I don’t know the specific yet pero ngayon binibuild up na yung information. Yan yung challenge na tinake up ko,” Trillanes said.

Representative Binay has already defended the vermiculture project saying it was above-board and done in accordance with the law and supports Makati City’s public investment policies.

“Kahit na yung mga ahensya na inuutsusang busisiin ang mga proyekto para makahanap ng butas laban sa akin at sa aking pamilya ang magpapatunay na lehitimo ang mga proyekt at isa-isa pa nilang kinumpirma ang bawat beneficiary participant ng proyektong ito,” she said

Trillanes also denied the allegation of Vice President Binay that the former was bullying his family.

“Ako pa pala yung nambu-bully e sila nga ang nambu-bully sa akin. Mag-isa lang ako dito ilan sila. Lahat ng konetado sa kaila e ginagamit nila, sila ang nambu-bully pero game tayo dyan,” he said.

The Vice President earlier said he wished for an anti-bullying law for public officials.

“Ang itsura eh parang nahaharap kayo sa husgado o sa piskalya. Pinagsisigawan ka doon, binubully ka. Minsan nga, naisip ko, kung merong batas na laban sa mga bully sa eskwelahan, dapat din ho sana magkaroon ng batas para dun sa mga bullying public officials, ano. Meron sigurong code of conduct naman,” he said in a radio interview.

Vice President Binay said if one would ask those invited by the Senate subcommittee investigating the Binays, the resource persons would say that the experience was not a good one.

“Ninenerbiyos ho. ‘Yong iba ho naaatake sa puso… ewan ko, siguro natutuwa sila sa ganoong ginagawa eh. Pero magtanong-tanong kayo, lalo na ‘yong mga nakapunta na doon, naku, para raw silang napunta sila sa impiyerno. Ang bastusan, grabe,” he said. —NB, GMA News


MANILA STANDARD

Sereno asks Trillanes for proof By Rey E. Requejo, Maricel V. Cruz | Apr. 15, 2015 at 12:01am


Sereno

CHARGES of corruption in the judiciary must be substantiated by evidence before the Supreme Court can act on them, the tribunal said Tuesday.

“That’s the pronouncement made by the Chief Justice [Ma. Lourdes Sereno] on several occasions, and that’s also the position taken by the Court. That’s still the position of the Court,” said the tribunal’s spokesman, Theodore Te in a press conference in Baguio City.

Te’s statement came in the wake of charges by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of bribery against two magistrates of the Court of Appeals, whom he accused of accepting P25 million each to stop the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

“If they (accusers) have specific names, details and proofs, they can always submit [these] to the court,” Te said.

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In October last year, Sereno issued a call to informants and lawyers who have information about corruption in the judiciary following the dismissal from judicial service of Sandiganbayan Senior Associate Justice Gregory Ong over links with pork barrel fund scam queen Janet Lim Napoles.

“We cannot initiate administrative cases without evidence. Bring to us evidence and we will investigate,” the Chief Justice said.

Sereno vowed to continue the “house cleansing” in the judiciary after Ong’s example, but lamented that the high court is prevented from investigating other allegations due to lack of evidence presented by accusers.

Te also pointed out that the Cout has “ultimate jurisdiction” over administrative charges and disciplinary power against members of the judiciary, including justices, judges and lawyers.

“If there is a grievance against members of the judiciary, they (justices) have the authority to take action, under the rules. That’s under the power of the court,” he said.

Te siad the Court is aware of the Trillanes’ accusations, but said he was not authorized to issue a statement on the specific allegation.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said the Senate has no power to investigate the CA justices as Trillanes proposed.

The national organization of lawyers also agreed with the Supreme Court that proof is needed for the charges to prosper.

Absent proof, Trillanes and other accusers “should stop insinuations that will destroy the judiciary as an institution,” the group said.

Citing “reliable sources,” Trillanes accused the camp of Binay of bribing two justices of the Sixth Division of the appellate court – Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta – to obtain a temporary restraining order then a preliminary injuction against the mayor’s suspension by the Ombudsman.

He claimed that the two magistrates were paid P25 million each through lawyer Pancho Villaraza.

The CA justices and Villaraza have all denied the accusations.

The Palace said Tuesday it would leave it up to the Supreme Court to investigate the bribery allegations.

“Government is against all forms of corruption. We should, however, consider the doctrine of separation of powers as the allegation of purported bribery pertains to the judiciary,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

“We will defer to the Supreme Court to take a look at such serious allegations and for the Senate to act on the proposed resolution presented by one of its members,” Coloma also said.

In the House, the independent minority bloc led by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez challenged Trillanes to insulate the judiciary from partisan politics.

“I always respect the majesty of the court and as a member of the bar, I will never go to the extent of making statement or accusation unless I have a hard evidence. At this point, these are allegations so I think we should be more careful and be more respectful to the institution of the government,” Romualdez said.

“I still have faith on our judiciary and we should spare this institution from plain and simple politics. It would be better if the allegations are supported with hard evidence, otherwise this are baseless and unfounded,” Romualdez added.

Makati City Rep. Abigail Binay, the mayor’s sister, said Trillanes should resign as a senator if he cannot show proof of the alleged bribery.

Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting said Trillanes must substantiate his accusations.

“This is very serious allegation that should be backed up by clear and convincing evidence. It also undermines the integrity of our judicial system as an institution, which our people rely upon in the dispensation of justice,” Tambunting said. With Sandy Araneta

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said Trillanes should be cited for contempt for ruining the reputation of the judiciary. – With Sandy Araneta


TRIBUNE

Lee silent on VP raps in 2010 probe Written by Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Detained housing developer Delfin Lee (photo) testified twice before Senate probers sometime in 2010 defending his company, Globe Asiatique Holdings Inc., from the alleged housing scam and in both instances he never mentioned the alleged extort try of the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Lee has been charged for defrauding the government shelter fund of more than P6 billion in mass housing loans.

Lee likewise missed out, supposedly, the opportunity to disclose the alleged pressure on him by Binay’s camp to link former Vice President Noli de Castro, in both instances of his Senate appearance.

A cloud of doubt hangs over the revelations made by Lee in a statement read by his lawyer Willie Rivera last Monday as Senate records showed Lee’s testimonies in the Senate when the issue on the alleged housing scam involving the Home Development Mutual Fund (PagIBIG Fund) was first probed way back in 2010.

Senate records showed Lee appearing in the hearings conducted by the committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies presided by then chairman Sen. Sergio Osmena III, in Oct. 7 and Dec. 9, 2010 which was also attended by De Castro.

Speaking through his lawyer Willie Rivera, Lee claimed the Vice President’s known close associate, Gerry Limlingan, allegedly attempted twice in coercing the businessman into coming up with the said money in exchange for the dropping of criminal charges.

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The purported extort try was coupled with the call to implicate De Castro who was also the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) during the Arroyo administration, in the housing scam, for supposedly giving him “special treatment,” which the businessman likewise refused.

Lee’s legal counsel also claimed that his client’s decision to reject a sustained effort by the camp of Binay to solicit campaign funds in the previous election could have fueled the efforts to prosecute him for alleged estafa involving his company, Globe Asiatique Holdings Inc.

The alleged extortion try was supposedly committed shortly before the 2010 elections as Binay’s camp was allegedly trying to secure needed campaign funds for the Vice President and shortly before Lee was slapped with syndicated estafa charges.

The proceedings was prompted Senate resolutions 189 and 173 filed on Sept. 15 and 13 of that same year respectively.

“The expose of Mr. Delfin Lee’s lawyer that VP (Vice President) Binay’s (alleged) aide asked for P200 million is quite intriguing and highly suspect. Why (reveal it) only now? Why not then during the time that Lee was supposedly in hiding (because of the standing arrest order)?”


EJERCITO

Sen. JV Ejercito, who has now assumed the task of investigating the said housing scam case as chairman of the committee on urban planning, housing and resettlement, said.

“Nobody heard about this issue until today. His lawyer had the chance to speak during the hearing conducted on GA (by my committee) last year but there was no mention of the allegations at all,” he pointed out.

Ejercito likewise questioned the pronouncements of his colleagues sitting before the blue ribbon sub-committee, when the allegations were bared Monday, belittling the issue on the anomalous transactions of GA made during the Arroyo administration, said to be amounting to nearly P7 billion.

“If the focus is Vice President Binay, it was not right to set aside the case of Delfin Lee and GA since the victims money came from hard-earned contributions to the PagIBIG Fund,” he stressed.

Ejercito further explained that he did not schedule a follow up hearing on the housing scam issue after last year’s proceedings “because of the fact that Lee will be invited by the powerful blue ribbon committee.”

“But I will still pursue the issue in aid of legislation so that a scam of this magnitude can be prevented through legislation,” he said.

In the last hearing conducted by Osmena, the banks committee noted that Pag-IBIG Fund seemed to have relaxed rules and other policies to accommodate GA and raised the possibility that money changed hands as there have been “talks” of monetary considerations but the senator said they have no direct proof because “nobody will talk.”

Easily, the amount could start from P150 million, Osmena then said.

In the said hearing conducted on Dec. 2010, Senate probers also noted several indications on PagIBIG Fund favoring GA to secure two housing projects in Pampanga as Lee’s company was allowed to borrow “10 times more” than what is normally allowed.

During the Oct. 7, 2010 hearing, it was then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who prompted Pag-IBIG Fund officials to file charges against Lee in view of the apparent fake borrowers that they have noted.

Pag-ibig claimed that of the P12.6 billion in housing funds released to GA since 1997, about P4.7 billion pesos comprised the “problematic accounts.”

These include accounts with defective or incomplete documentation such as no income tax return, no ID, no signatures.

Lee however said based on information submitted by PagIBIG itself to the House of Representatives, bad loans amounted to only P1.9 billion and these were the so-called fake or ghost buyers.

De Castro, who was HUDCC chairman from 2004 to 2010, said if Pag-IBIG’s operational problems were only brought to his attention much earlier, the damage could have been minimized.

De Castro also said as HUDCC chairman, he “simply coordinated” all the various government agencies involved in housing but had nothing to do with the policies and operations of each of them.


VP BINAY

Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay slammed the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee’s decision to suddenly grill the Home Development Mutual (Pag-IBIG) Fund over Lee, adding that the ongoing bullying against him must stop.

Binay reiterated Pag-IBIG President Atty. Darlene Berberabe’s statement that the whole government, not just Pag-IBIG, filed charges of syndicated estafa against Lee after investigations by the Department of Justice.

Binay also deplored that the gains of Pag-IBIG were being undermined by Senator Antonio Trillanes’ stance of defending the Globe Asiatique owner in the latter’s efforts to throw mud at him.

The Vice President further belied Lee’s extortion allegations, saying that he himself advised lawyers not to include charges against former Vice President Noli de Castro because there was no evidence found against him.

According to Binay, the uncovering of fraudulent transactions by Globe Asiatique led to reforms in the Fund’s processes, which, along with the exponential increase in Pag-IBIG’s membership and revenue, made it one of the “most outstanding government agencies.”

In 2014, the Fund achieved its highest gross and net income in its 34-year history, at P30.68 billion and P16.22 billion, respectively, and reached a membership of 14.76 million.

“We need not state the obvious that the two are now working hand in hand to demolish the gains of Pag-IBIG Fund under the leadership of Vice President Binay.

The allegations against the judge handling Mr. Lee’s case must be dealt with by the court concerned. It is evident that Mr. Lee is looking for a friendly forum where he could defend himself against the crime he allegedly committed against thousands of Pag-IBIG members and at the same time conveniently get back at the Vice President, who was instrumental in curbing anomalies in the housing sector,” the Vice President’s spokesman for political concerns,” lawyer Rico Paoo Quicho earlier said. Charlie V. Manalo


MANILA STANDARD

Mayor Binay files libel suit against senator By Joel E. Zurbano, Rey E. Requejo | Apr. 15, 2015 at 12:01am


Binay

MAKATI Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr. filed a libel complaint Tuesday against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for “publicly and maliciously” accusing him and his family of bribery and other crimes without factual basis.

In an interview aired April 7 over several radio and TV programs and directly quoted in newspapers, Trillanes publicly claimed that the mayor bribed members of the 6th Division of the Court of Appeals with millions of pesos in exchange for favorable action on his petition for a temporary restraining order to stop his preventive suspension.

In the news reports, Trillanes was also quoted as saying that the mayor and his family were “part of a syndicate” that has committed various crimes and irregularities.

In his complaint, Binay said it was evident from the media interview of Trillanes and the subsequent article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer under the headline “Trillanes: I will expose Binay paid for TRO”, that he had made the statements “despite the utter lack of evidence.”

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“The damaging and ruinous claims spewed out by respondent Trillanes are mere concoctions and fabrications with no other purpose than to malign, discredit, ruin my reputation and besmirch my good name as well as that of my family,” Binay said.

The mayor pointed out that Trillanes himself had admitted during the interview that he had no valid proof or factual basis for his pronouncements.

Based on the actual interview, the senator appeared evasive when asked directly by reporters how he came to know about the alleged bribery, Binay’s complaint said.

Binay said Trillanes’ allegations were “attended with malice in fact as they were prompted by ill will and spite inasmuch as they have no factual basis whatsoever and were not made in response to duty, but only with obvious intention to injure” his reputation and that of his family.

In a resolution, Trillanes asked the Senate to investigate the alleged bribery, and named two associate justices that he said received P25 million each to issue a temporary restraining order and, later, a preliminary writ of injunction.

In a statement, the Court of Appeals 6th Division denied Trillanes’ allegations and warned the senator against making baseless accusations that were tantamount to harassment.

Binay’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, also lambasted Trillanes for making false and malicious allegations.

Quoting unnamed sources, Trillanes said lawyer Arthur Villaraza facilitated the bribe, with Appeals Court Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta receiving an initial P20 million each for issuing a TRO against the Office of the Ombudsman.

He added when the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government did not heed the TRO, Reyes and Acosta were given P5 million each to issue a writ of preliminary injunction.

Villaraza also denied his involvement and challenged the senator to show proof to support his allegations.

The writ of preliminary injunction prevented the Ombudsman, the DILG and their agents from enforcing the March 10 six-month preventive suspension of Mayor Binay.

The Ombudsman suspended Binay and other city government officials in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II, which is also the subject of a Senate investigation. With Macon Ramos-Araneta

Acosta was among the two other members of the Sixth Division who concurred with Reyes’ decision. The other member is Justice Eduardo Peralta Jr.

The construction of Makati City Hall Building II started in 2007 while the elder Binay was city mayor. It continued until 2013 under the incumbent mayor.


TRILLANES not immune to suits says lawyer

Trillanes shrugged off the libel charge.

“They picked on the wrong person to intimidate,” he said.

In a text message to reporters, Trillanes said the mayor can do whatever he wants.

“I will run after them until they, who are corrupt, are sent to jail,” he added.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Tuesday prodded her former colleagues in the Supreme Court to stop the Court of Appeals from stopping Mayor Binay’s suspension.

Arguing her petition before the full court in Baguio City, Morales invoked the independence and constitutional powers of her office.

She also warned that the appeals court decision could open the floodgages for other respondents to question the rules of the Ombudsman.

She also said she acted on the case “not on account of politics,” but what she believed called for the filing of cases in court.

She also told the justices that the preventive suspension against Mayor Binay was well within the investigative powers of her office and was necessary to secure evidence in the investigation against the city’s top executive.

Morales acknowledged, however, that the preventive suspension issued against Binay covered only the administrative aspect of the case.

She said in the criminal aspect, only the Sandiganbayan can issue a preventive suspension against him.

Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who acted as counsel for the anti-graft body, asserted that the appeals court had no power to stop the Ombudsman’s order as only the Supreme Court can do so.

He said the appeals court’s move undermined the Ombudsman’s independence as provided under the Constitution and the Ombudsman Act of 1989.

The law, he added, provides that “no writ of injunction shall be issued by any court to delay an investigation being conducted by the Ombudsman... unless there is a prima facie evidence that the subject matter of the investigation is outside the jurisdiction of the Office of the Ombudsman.”

Hilbay also disputed the CA’s ground that Binay would suffer irreparable damage in the implementation of the suspension order, citing the process of succession that would allow the vice mayor to continue services to the constituents of the city.

However, when Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza (photo)  asked Hilbay if there was any legislative support to show Congress’ intent to limit the powers of the appeals court, the solicitor-general admitted there was none.

Jardeleza, who served as solicitor general before being appointed to the Court, said this was the first time the Ombudsman has advanced such an interpretation to question the power of the Court of Appeals.

Jardeleza also cited several Supreme Court rulings that petitions against orders of the Ombudsman should go to the Court of Appeals.

He also said if the intent of Congress was to withdraw such appeals from the appellate court, it should have enacted a law amending the power of the Court of Appeals.

The justices said there was confusing jurisprudence over the jurisdiction of the courts on the Ombudsman’s power to suspend officials, and agreed it was time to settle these issues in their ruling on the Ombdusman’s petition.

Oral arguments on the case are set to continue next Tuesday, April 21, during which arguments from the Binay camp will be heard. –


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Trillanes: Sources 'A1' but must be protected Ayee Macaraig Published 2:40 PM, Apr 15, 2015 Updated 3:22 PM, Apr 15, 2015


'VALIDATION DONE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV vouches for the credibility of his sources but refuses to reveal their identities. File photo from Senate PRIB

Trillanes says his next target is to investigate the pork barrel fund allocations of Binay's daughter, Makati Representative Abigail Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Who is more credible: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV or the Binays?

The senator said it is up to the public to answer this question, standing by his bribery allegations against the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay even as he faces a libel case and possible contempt of court.

Under fire over his failure to present evidence so far, Trillanes vouched for his unnamed “reliable sources” who informed him that two Court of Appeals (CA) justices received P50 million ($1.12 million) to issue orders stopping the suspension of Binay's son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

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A former Navy lieutenant senior grade, Trillanes said in a press briefing on Wednesday, April 15, that he validated the information, describing one of his sources as “A1.”

“In the military, there are different classifications of intelligence,” he said. “We can say that the information was confirmed to be true, then the sources of information, there is an Alpha and there is a Bravo, meaning there's A1 and also B1.”

Asked if he meant that he had two different sources, Trillanes said: “No, but A is a group. On B, I won't say anymore. You'll have to understand that if I give the information, the source might get into trouble.”

The Binays and CA Justice Jose Reyes Jr said that Trillanes should show proof to support his allegations, and even file a graft and corruption case in court. For Trillanes, the Senate investigation he is pushing for will be the forum to flesh out his claims.

“I can't say [who the sources are but] I didn't pluck this name out of thin air. I stand by my track record. So far, parang wala pa tayong sablay.” (It seems I haven't failed yet.)

Trillanes said that the Senate can conduct executive sessions, or he can ask his sources to talk to individual senators. Still, he gave no assurance that the sources will face the probe.

“That is their decision because it involves their lives. We will provide them protection …. [Fear of the Binays] is part of the decision. Their world might change. They will turn back on their life,” Trillanes said.

On Monday, Trillanes filed a Senate resolution saying Reyes and CA Justice Francisco Acosta of the 6th Division were allegedly paid to issue a temporary restraining order and an injunction in favor of Binay. He said that lawyer Pancho Villaraza supposedly facilitated the two transactions.

He said on Wednesday: “That's the information given. As to how it was given, if the money was deposited to their accounts or put in a bag, we will find out in the investigation.”

The bribery allegation is the latest claim against the Binays following various corruption charges as the Vice President runs for president in 2016 under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). A member of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Trillanes wants to be vice president but maintains that regardless of politics, Binay should be jailed for corruption.

Trillanes' allegations started with construction projects in Makati, where the elder Binay was mayor for 21 years. These evolved to include a lavish estate in Batangas, a housing scam, and now extended to the judiciary.

'I have immunity'

Mayor Binay responded to Trillanes' allegations by filing a libel case against him.

Trillanes is unfazed, saying parliamentary immunity protects him.

“They know that you can't do that to a senator because this is our job. We expose anomaly. So if they will dangle that on our heads, then no one will talk about these issues,” he said.

Trillanes said he has “resource persons, witnesses and documentary evidence” to prove his claims. He said he will look into the history of the rulings of the CA justices even in other cases.

“Even the ruling itself is the evidence. The absurdity of the ruling proves may kalokohang nangyari (an anomaly happened). You will see the pattern and frequency, the flip-flopping decisions.”

Trillanes said he is willing to submit all the information he has to the Supreme Court, which is in charge of investigating corruption allegations against justices and judges.

Next target: Abby Binay's PDAF

Makati Representative Abigail Binay, a daughter of the Vice President, urged Trillanes on Wednesday to apologize to the CA for his “nasty and irresponsible accusation.”

“Senator Trillanes clearly risks facing contempt charges. Since he has already confessed that he has no evidence to support his reckless allegation, other than purported ‘raw intelligence reports’, or hearsay, then the right thing for him to do is promptly say sorry to the court,” Representative Binay said.

She added: “Better yet, the senator should resign his seat. Frankly, he is a big embarrassment to the Senate.”

Trillanes said he noticed that Representative Binay is the latest to “make noise” against him.

“[The Binays] are like children. They keep on challenging me but when you invite them to the Senate, they don't appear. I will not take on that challenge but the challenge to investigate the anomaly of her PDAF, ginanahan ako,” he quipped. (I want to take that on.)

Trillanes referred to the allegations that came out in a white paper last year that Representative Binay allocated her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for vermiculture or earthworm-growing projects.

The Ombudsman is also investigating the case. Representative Binay delivered a privilege speech last year denying the allegations.

The senator said he already asked his staff to look into the allegation. He compared the projects to the pork barrel scam of alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, whose fake NGOs were allegedly used to funnel the development funds to the pockets of lawmakers.

“Pina-research ko ang mga bulate sa Makati. May nag-allocate ng organic fertilizer sa mga bulate sa Makati eh walang lupain doon. At ang PDAF nilagay sa foundation. Parang Napoles-type NGO. Connected sa kanila, sa mga Binay,” he said.

(I am asking my staff to research about the worms in Makati. She allocated her PDAF for organic fertilizers for worms in Makati but there is no farm land there. And her PDAF went to a foundation, a Napoles-type NGO that is connected to the Binays.)

Trillanes said he will not stop attacking the Binays. “'Di tayo matitinag. In fact, lalo tayong ginaganahan habulin ang mga ito, at 'di ako titigil hanggang 'di makulong ang mga Binay.” (We will not relent. We are enjoying running after them, and we won't stop until the Binays are behind bars.) Rappler.com


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