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FACT CHECK: Old news clips used in 'latest update' on complaints vs Trillanes

May 18, 2018 2:47 AM
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A video in a blog post mentions ethics complaints and cases being faced by or prepared against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. However, the blog post falsely claims that these have already reached the courts courtesy of Senator Vicente Sotto III.

Claim: The blog in its May 13 post declared “Ayan Na! Tito Sotto Itinuloy na mga Kasong Magpapatalsik kay Trillanes sa Korte! Panoorin!” (Here it is! Tito Sotto proceeds with cases in court that would oust Trillanes! Watch!).

The blog post contained only a YouTube video uploaded by Tatay Duterte News.

The post has been shared by 11 different Facebook pages and groups. A similar claim was also published by both and The video on, however, appears to have been taken down and now displays an error message.

The Facts: While Trillanes is indeed facing ethics complaints in the Senate and may be charged over other matters, Sotto has not filed any case against him before the courts in relation to these issues.

Asked about this claim, Sotto said in a text message to Rappler, "Not true. Ethics [committee] has still to decide."

As of this posting, Trillanes is facing two ethics complaints in the Senate. The one filed in February 2017 by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus was based on two things: Trillanes' allegations in 2015 that two Court of Appeals (CA) associate justices each received a P25-million bribe to stop the suspension of then Makati mayor Jejomar Binay Jr, and Trillanes' labeling President Rodrigo Duterte a "murderer".

Senator Richard Gordon filed another complaint in September 2017, over Trillanes' "unparliamentary acts, language, and conduct" during a Senate hearing on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment scandal.

Another ethics complaint against Trillanes and Senator Panfilo Lacson, filed by former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon in connection with the shabu shipment scandal, was junked by the Senate ethics committee in February 2018.

Meanwhile, at least two cases being prepared against Trillanes, which were mentioned in the video, have yet to reach the courts.

In May 2017, businesswoman Arcillas was reportedly eyeing a case against Trillanes over his attempt to "bribe" her to testify against Duterte. Solicitor General Jose Calida said in a news conference in February 2017 that he would also file a case against Trillanes for “coddling” alleged Davao Death Squad hitman Arturo Lascañas.

There have been no latest news reports nor updates on these cases as of posting.


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