The camp of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay on Thursday asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to cite Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th in contempt for accusing two CA justices of receiving millions in exchange for the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued favoring Binay.
Binay lambasted Trillanes for saying that Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta each received P25 million from the Binays for the TRO and writ of preliminary injunction issued by the CA’s Sixth Division headed by Reyes. The two orders stopped the Office of the Ombudsman from implementing the suspension order it issued against Binay.
In his 11-page petition filed on Thursday, Binay said the statements made by the senator was baseless.
“Trillanes made several baseless and sweeping statements against the independence, integrity and reputation of the [CA] and the justices in the 6th Division. [I]n the face of respondent’s [Trillanes] disrespectful act and unrelenting malicious attacks toward the [CA] and its justices, there is a need for the [CA] to protect and preserve its dignity and independence. It, therefore, behooves the [CA] to cite respondent Trillanes for indirect contempt and mete out the appropriate punishment on him,” Binay said.
The CA 6th Division had denied the allegations and vowed to rule on Binay’s case based on evidence.
“The temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction were issued by the Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals, acting as a collegiate body, after observing a meticulous, impartial and judicious evaluation of prevailing laws, jurisprudence and evidence presented by the parties,” Reyes said in a statement.