IT is now the time of the Court of Appeals to turn the tables on Sen. Antonio Trilllanes 4th after he accused two CA justices of bribery for handing down favorable ruling in the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.
In a two-page resolution dated May 6, 2015, the CA Special 11th Division ordered Trillanes to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for making baseless allegations.
The ruling was penned by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz and was concurred in by Justices Myra Garcia-Fernandez and Melchor Sadang.
Trillanes was ordered by the appellate court to lodge his comment within 10 days after the Binay camp petitioned the CA to discipline the senator.
The accuser was also ordered to just answer the petition, not file a motion for dismissal of the case.
“Without necessarily giving due course to the petition, respondent is directed to file his comment thereon [not a motion to dismiss], within 10 days from receipt hereof, which shall be considered as his answer to the petition should it be given due course,” the ruling stated.
Within five days, Binay was also ordered to file “a reply thereto if he so desires.”
“Upon filing of the said comment and reply, or upon the expiration of the period to file the same without pleadings being filed by either party, the petition shall be considered as submitted for decision unless we issue a directive to hear the case or require the parties to submit memoranda,” the CA said.
Binay has asked the appellate court to cite Trillanes in contempt for issuing irresponsible statements against the CA justices handling the petition of Binay.
He scored the senator for accusing magistrates of the CA of receiving bribe money in exchange for issuing two orders that halted Binay’s preventive suspension order.
CA Justices Jose Reyes and Francisco Acosta were accused by Trillanes of receiving P25 million each in exchange for favorable resolutions in the Binay case.
The CA 6th Division, composed of Reyes, Acosta and Justice Eduardo Peralta, issued a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction that halted Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ order of preventive suspension against the Makati mayor.
“Trillanes made several baseless and sweeping statements against the independence, integrity and reputation of the [CA] and the justices in the 6th Division,” it said.
“[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.