Sen Antonio Trillianes asked the Department of Justice to dismiss
the libel case filed against him by the suspended Makati Mayor
Junjun Binay filed a case of Libel against Sen Antonio Trillanes
for allegedly saying that he gave P50 million to the justices of
the 6th division of the Court of Appeals (CA) for the issuance
of a temporary restraining order (TRO).
Libel is a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or
a vice or defect, real or imaginary or any act, commission,
condition, status or circumstances tending to cause the
dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridical
person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.
The TRO is to stop the suspension order of the Ombudsman against
A TRO is intended as a restraint upon the defendant until
the propriety of granting an injunction pendente lite can
be determined, and it goes no further than to preserve
the status quo until such determination.
An application for a TRO shall be acted upon only after
all parties are heard in a summary hearing, which shall
be conducted within 24 hours after the sheriff's return
of service and/or the records are received by the branch
selected by raffle.
The case against Junjun Binay was due to the alleged anomalous
transaction in the Makati City Hall parking building 2.
Sen Trillanes wants the Libel complaint against him dismissed
on grounds of parliamentary immunity. He said that as a Senator,
he must be free to say anything he wants otherwise he can not
do his work.
He further said that if every words he say as Senator will be a
ground to charge him of a crime, then he can not effectively
perform his duty as Senator.