A Quezon City court handling the P5-million civil suit filed by businessman Antonio Tiu against Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th has ordered mediation to try and work out an agreement between the two parties.
Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 101 Presiding Judge Evangeline Castillo-Marigomen, in a two-page order, referred the case to the Philippine Mediation Center (PMC).
Marigomen cited as basis for mediation “Section 2 (a), Rule 18 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure” that require courts to consider the possibility of an amicable settlement or of a submission to alternative modes of dispute resolution.
The judge directed the mediator to submit to the court a status report on the progress of the proceedings at the end of the mediation period.
“If the mediation is successful, this Court shall immediately be informed and given the original compromise agreement entered into by the parties as basis for the rendition of a judgment by compromise which may be enforced by execution or a withdrawal of the complaint, or a satisfaction of the claim,” the order read.
The judge said the mediation proceedings shall be confidential.
In the meantime, the judge noted that the court’s proceedings on the case will be put on hold “for 30 days and extendible for another 30 days, if the need arises.”
Marigomen scheduled the next hearing on August 15, 2016 if the mediation fails.
The defamation case stemmed from the statements of Trillanes in October 2014 that Tiu is a dummy of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the businessman claimed ownership of a Batangas property allegedly owned by the Binays.
Tiu said the defamatory statements badly affected his businesses.