TRILLANES FACING CASES FOR ACCUSING BUSINESSMAN AS DUMMY TO BINAY ISSUES - PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC NEWS

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

TRILLANES FACING CASES FOR ACCUSING BUSINESSMAN AS DUMMY TO BINAY ISSUES








The Supreme Court has rejected Sen. Antonio Trillanes plea, a motion for reconsideration on the charges filed by the Antonio Tiu, a Businessman with a P5 million suit for the damages it brings for accusing him as a dummy to former Vice-President Jejomar Binay in a purchase of 150 hectare property in Batangas known as “Hacienda Binay.”

The SC ruled that Trillanes cannot invoke parliamentary immunity to escape prosecution for damages over the statements he gave to mediamen in October 2014 accusing Tiu as a mere dummy of the former vice president.

“A lawmaker’s participation in media interviews is not a legislative act, but is ‘political in nature,’ outside the ambit of the immunity conferred under the Speech or Debate Clause in the 1987 Constitution,” the SC ruled.

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