- Senator Antonio Trillanes agreed with the court’s suggestion to settle the libel case with Junjun Binay
- Binay, however, refused and said they want to see Trillanes convicted of the crime
- But Trillanes remains defiant and vowed to face the legal process
MANILA, Philippines – Former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay has refused an amicable settlement with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over a libel case he filed against the lawmaker before the Makati Regional Trial Court.
Binay, son of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, said they are looking forward to convicting Trillanes who investigated them at the Senate over the alleged overpriced Makati parking building.
The younger Binay sued Trillanes for libel after accusing him of bribing two Court of Appeals justices to supposedly rule against the implementation of the suspension order on him from the Office of the Ombudsman last year.
In February, a warrant for Trillanes’ arrest was issued by the court, forcing the latter to post a P10,000 bail for his temporary liberty.
On Tuesday, the court arraigned Trillanes who pleaded not guilty. However, when asked whether he is willing to settle the case amicably, the senator replied in affirmative by nodding his head.
But Binay told the court he won’t, prompting the judge to schedule the next hearing in November and December.
“Let this be a lesson to him so that he will no longer use his position in bullying and destroying the reputation of people,” Binay said in a statement through his counsel Dan Subido.
But in an interview with Rapple later, Trillanes remains defiant and said he will face the legal process. He even chided the Binay camp for saying he would certainly be found guilty.
“Why can he say that? Is he controlling the court in Makati? Let’s see whether I will be convicted first, or they will be convicted ahead of me at the Sandiganbayan,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes is a staunch critic of the Binay family. He and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano spearheaded the investigation of former VP Binay’s alleged ill-gotten wealth before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee last year.
The two senators, however, have since grown mortal enemies at the Senate at the ongoing investigation of the alleged extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.