Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th and Caloocan City (Metro Manila) Rep. Edgar Erice on Monday said they will not be cowed by the P200-million libel suit filed against them and many other critics by Vice President Jejomar Binay and have vowed to continue criticizing the opposition’s standard-bearer in next year’s elections.
In a statement, Trillanes said the filing of the libel complaint is a clear indication that the Vice President’s camp has pushed the panic button.
He added that the move was also an attempt of Binay to scare his critics.
“Gayunpaman, haharapin natin itong kasong ito sa korte at ipagpapatuloy pa rin namin ang pagbubunyag sa mga katiwaliang ginawa niya [We will face this case in court and we will continue exposing the anomalies that Binay has done],” Trillanes said.
“I am willing to face the consequences of my actions and such case will not stop me, but rather inspires me to be more vocal against the Binay dynasty,” Erice said in a text message.
Binay also on Monday filed the criminal complaint against Trillanes, Erice, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, members of the Anti-Money Laundering Council and several others including the Philippine Daily Inquirer for allegedly conspiring to malign his reputation and stop him from running for President in the 2016 polls.
Erice, a ranking official of the ruling Liberal Party, said, “It’s a privilege to fight a man who is endangering the morals and democratic processes of this country.”