By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY – Presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte filed two new libel cases against Sen.Antonio Trillanes IV over the accusation that the presidential son is involved in the P6.4-billion drug shipment at the Bureau of Customs.
Duterte’s counsel lawyer Rainer L. Madrid bared in a press briefing that their camp filed the case before City Prosecutor’s Office here on Wednesday afternoon.
Madrid said the cases stemmed from the defamatory statements of Trillanes from his two separate interviews over DZMM and CNN Philippines.
He said on June 6, the senator accused his client as the drug lord who worked on the multi-billion shabu shipment in an interview with Anthony Taberna and Jerry Baja in DZMM.
“On June 14, Senator Trillanes accused my client the same thing as the biggest drug lord from Davao City who perpetrated the P6.4 billion shabu before CNN through Miss Pinky Webb,” he said.
Madrid said when Duterte did not immediately file the case because he wanted to conduct an investigation first.
He said he requested the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to investigate since it has already given authority to summon persons in some cases.
Madrid said the CIDG started the investigation since late June and also asked the agency to subpoena the said anchors for documentation.
But only Baja and Webb appeared before the CIDG office and confirmed the statements of Trillanes during their interviews based on the tapes on record, he said.
With this case, he will ask for higher damages on the part of the senator since the accusations dealt a big blow on the reputation of the presidential son.
Earlier, Prosecutor Faizal Padate already sent a subpoena to Trillanes asking him to file a counter affidavit within 10 days on the first libel case filed by Duterte and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio.
The previous case against the senator stemmed from the interview of DYAB Cebu teleradyo on September 8, 2017, where the Senator dragged their names on the extortion franchise issue of Uber that they conspired with Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7 regional director Ahmed Cuison.
The complaint said Trillanes was not contented with the Uber issue and involved their names on the corruption and extortion issue in the Road Board and Department of Public Works and Highways.
Duterte and Carpio filed a total of P6.6 million damage suit against Trillanes last December 2017 on the same incident. The case is still at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 15 under the sala of Judge Mario Duaves.