BAGUIO CITY: Three magistrates of the Court of Appeals (CA) will handle the contempt charge filed by the camp of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. against Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th.
Associate Justice Stephen Cruz of the CA 7th Division will be the ponente of the case.
Cruz sits as senior member of the division.
The CA 7th Division is headed by Associate Justice Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, with junior member Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.
The justices will determine if Trillanes could be summoned and asked to explain for his accusations against CA Justices Jose Reyes and Francisco Acosta.
Binay had asked the appellate court to cite the senator in contempt for issuing irresponsible statements against the CA justices handling a petition of the Makati mayor.
He lambasted Trillanes for accusing Reyes and Acosta of receiving bribe money in exchange for issuing two orders that halted Binay’s preventive suspension order.
The 11-page petition filed on Thursday said the statements made by the senator were baseless and without evidence to the detriment of the justices.
“Trillanes made several baseless and sweeping statements against the independence, integrity and reputation of the [CA] and the justices in the 6th Division,” it read.
“[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,” it was stated.
The CA 6th Division categorically denied the unfounded allegations against them and assured the public that they will rule on the case on the basis of law and evidence.
It issued the temporary restraining order and injunction order to halt the Office of the Ombudsman from implementing its preventive suspension order against Binay.