SEN. TRILLANES GIVEN 10 DAYS TO ANSWER LIBEL CHARGES
Ten days were given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV by the Davao City Prosecutor's Office to answer the libel charges filed against him by former Davao city vice mayor Paolo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's husband, Manases Carpio.
Previously, Trillanes has accused Duterte and Carpio of extorting money from ride-hailing companies – which the two belied.
Before the extortion issue, in 2017, Trillanes also alleged them of being involved in illegal drug trade.
For Trillanes, this move by Duterte and Carpio is meant to harass and shake him down.
However, he said, while his legal team is planning on their next steps to counter the charges, Trillanes vowed that he will never back down.
The lawmaker's team is planning to file a motion to transfer the case to another court.