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Pinagtulungan! Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio file libel raps vs. Trillanes

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Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, have filed separate libel complaints against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Paolo and Manases filed their respective complaints before the Davao City Prosecutors’ Office over claims of Trillanes that the two have been extorting Uber and other companies.

The complaints stemmed from the statements made by Trillanes during his Sept. 8, 2017 radio interview over DYAB Cebu.

“Respondent’s teleradio accusations and black propaganda against me and Atty. Carpio are pregnant with malice aforethought and evil intent,” read Paolo’s complaint.

“Watching it, I was aghast to hear the respondent maliciously accusing me and my brother-in-law of supposed rampant and widespread corruption and extortion,” he added.

Paolo said Trillanes can no longer shield himself from arrest with the recent statements the senator made since these do not fall under any of the exemptions under Article 354 of the Revised Penal Code.

“First, it was not a private communication in the performance of any legal, moral or social duty; second, it was not a fair and true report,” Paolo said.

“On the contrary, respondent’s accusation against my person was intended to malign, destroy and kill my good name and reputation because of my being the son of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” he added.