MANILA (UPDATED) - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Monday filed a P200 million damage suit against two senators, witnesses, and government officials including Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for allegedly issuing damaging and prejudicial statements against him.
Included as respondents in the complaint filed by Atty. Claro Certeza are Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, former Makati Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado, former Makati official Mario Hechanova, former Makati barangay official Renato Bondal, Nicolas Enciso, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr, Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Teresita J. Herbosa, AMLC officer Julia Abad, Ombudsman Morales, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The case was filed before the Makati City regional trial court.
Binay has accused his enemies of mounting a smear campaign against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The vice-president is accused of various corruption allegations including alleged rigging of Makati City building projects and the purchase of large tracts of land in Batangas.
The Court of Appeals earlier ordered the freezing of 242 bank deposits and other assets of Binay and his allies, based on a petition by the Anti-Money Laundering Council.