Paolo Duterte files criminal case vs. Trillanes for libel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — On top of all his worries, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV now faces a criminal case for libel, filed by presidential son and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

The complaint was filed at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Davao City on Thursday, and comes after President Rodrigo Duterte voided Trillanes' amnesty and ordered his arrest.

The younger Duterte said his brother-in-law Mans Carpio also has a separate complaint against Trillanes.

They accused the senator of making "false, baseless, and unfounded" claims when he said in September 2017 that they extorted money from ride-hailing firms.

"Specifically, respondent indicted me and Atty. Carpo of "pangingikil" (extortion) against UBER in connection with its claimed franchise, and against "similar companies" purportedly in conspiracy with LTFRB RD (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Regional Director) 7 Ahmed Cuison," Paolo Duterte said in his complaint. He attached a transcript of Trillanes' radio interview.

Libel is punishable by up to six months imprisonment under the Revised Penal Code.

A civil case for damages is pending before the Davao City Regional Trial Court against Trillanes for the same accusations.

Trillanes in December 2017 said the libel case was meant to harass him, after he accused Paolo Duterte of being part of a Chinese drug triad organization. The presidential son denied this.

Malacañang meanwhile on Friday ruled out the possibility of a warrantless arrest for Trillanes after President  Duterte invalidated his amnesty. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President is deferring to the Makati court, where two judges received a petition to issue and alias arrest warrant and hold departure order against Trillanes.