MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — The personalities facing the P200-million damage suit filed by Vice President Jejomar Binay from alleged libelous statements are asking the court to junk the case.
Filing a motion to dismiss the civil case before the Makati Regional Trial Court were defendants, among them Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
Also included in the complaint were Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice; Atty. Julia Bacay Abad, executive director of the Anti-Money Laudering Council (AMLC); Mario Hechanova; Renato Bondal; Nicolas Enciso IV; Philippine Daily Inquirer; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas head Amando Tetangco Jr.; Securities and Exchange Commission chief Teresita Herbosa and Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc.
According to lawyer Renato Bondal, who serves as legal counsel for some of the defendants, the quotes used as basis for the case were from testimonies made durtng the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearings on corruption allegations against the Vice President.
However, Binay’s legal counsel, Claro Certeza, said the statements were made in media interviews.
The Vice President’s camp is given 15 days to answer the motion before it’s resolved by the Makati RTC Branch 133.
In his complaint, Binay accused the 12 defendants, allegedly motivated by political ambitions, disdain and personal animosity towards him, and or greed for power and money, colluded to malign his name and reputation to force him not to run in the 2016 presidential elections. (MNS)