Trillanes posts bail for libel cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — Senator Antonio Trillanes avoided an arrest-- this time for a libel case in a court in Davao City.

Trillanes paid a total of P96,000 for four counts of libel before Judge Rowena Nieves Tan at the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 118 on Monday.

On Sunday, the Metro Manila police confirmed receiving four arrest warrants for the senator issued by the Davao Regional Court Branch 54 for a libel case filed by presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in September.

This came after a Makati court allowed the senator to travel to Europe and the United States beginning Tuesday.

The former vice mayor and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio filed separate libel complaints against the senator after he accused them of alleged corruption linked to ride-hailing firms in September 2017.

The local court set Trillanes' bail at P24,000 for each of the four counts of libel. Libel is punishable by up to six months of imprisonment.

Trillanes, a strong critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, announced his plans of posting bail on Friday and slammed the justice system, citing the acquittal of former Senator Bong Revilla for plunder, which occurred on the same day the arrest warrants against Trillanes were issued.

"Baliktad ang hustisya sa gobyerno ni Duterte. Ang mga mandarambong ay pinalaya na. Ang mga kritiko naman ay gagawan ng kaso para pilit na maikulong," he said.

[Translation: Justice under the Duterte government works in reverse. The plunderer is free, while they make up cases against critics just so they can be detained.]

This is the second time Trillanes posted bail for an arrest warrant this year.

In September, he posted a bail of P200,000 after the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 upheld Duterte's Proclamation 572, voiding Trillanes' amnesty given in 2011.

Trillanes also posted a P200,000 travel bond on December 7 to allow him to leave the country for speaking engagements abroad. The court temporarily lifted the hold departure order against Trillanes, letting him fly to the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom from December 11 this year to January 12, 2019, and to the U.S. from January 27 to February 10, 2019.