Trial court or­ders ar­rest of Tril­lanes over li­bel

Gulf Times - - PHILIPPINES -

APhilip­pine re­gional trial court judge has or­dered the ar­rest of a law­maker and key critic of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on four counts of li­bel.

Judge Melinda Dayanghi­rang is­sued four ar­rest war­rants against Se­na­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes yes­ter­day for li­bel cases filed by Duterte’s son and sonin-law.

Bail for Tril­lanes was set at a to­tal of 96,000 pe­sos ($1,846) for all four counts.

Paolo Duterte, a son of the pres­i­dent and for­mer vice mayor of the south­ern city of Davao, and Manases Car­pio, the pres­i­dent’s son-in-law, filed the charges.

The cases stem from al­le­ga­tions Tril­lanes made that linked Paolo Duterte and Car­pio to the smug­gling of bil­lions of pe­sos worth of il­le­gal drugs and ex­tor­tion from ride-shar­ing com­pa­nies.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from Tril­lanes.

“I’m okay with this,” Paolo Duterte said on Face­book in ref­er­ence to the judge’s order. “Merry Christ­mas.”

Tril­lanes is out on bail for charges of re­bel­lion for lead­ing a failed coup at­tempt in 2007 against for­mer pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ar­royo.

He was granted amnesty for his in­volve­ment in the coup by for­mer pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino in 2010, but Duterte re­voked the amnesty in a procla­ma­tion in Au­gust. Tril­lanes has re­peat­edly crit­i­cised the 73-year-old pres­i­dent for his deadly cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs that has left thou­sands dead.

He has also al­leged that Duterte and his fam­ily have huge wealth stashed away in banks and has chal­lenged the pres­i­dent to al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tors ac­cess to his ac­counts.

Tril­lanes: fac­ing li­bel charges

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