Trillanes vs Gov’t denies pressure on court to rule
The Department of Justice (DOJ) denounced on Sunday the allegation of Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano that Judge Andres Soriano of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 pressure by the government to rule against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
“The DOJ takes very strong exception to Rep. Alejano’s allegation that Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano pressure by the government to rule against Sen. Trillanes in the coup d’etat case against the senator,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the DOJ does not interact with the judge except through the pleadings filed and arguments raised in open court,” he added.
Guevarra said Alejano’s allegations “tend to impede the orderly administration of justice, unfairly cast aspersion on
the integrity and professionalism of the Department of Justice and its state prosecutors, and contumaciously influence
Judge Soriano’s decision-making process.”
The Justice Secretary also pointed out that the statements against their “side” are “unfair” and that it is the camp of
Trillanes who is trying to influence the decision-making of Soriano.
Besides, I just find it unfair that Sen Trillanes’ camp continually makes unfair statements against our side,” Guevarra said.
“Come to think of it, sila yung (they are the ones)
clearly trying to influence the decision-making ni (of the) judge.
The DOJ has not engaged them in sub judice
argumentation in the media, but they’re just going a bit too far,” he added.
Earlier, Alejano claimed that Soriano pressured by the government to rule against Trillanes in the coup d’etat case.
Hence, this was against the latter.g for the capture of the congressperson on charges of overthrow d’ etat for the 2003 Oakwood rebellion.