July 25, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The P5 million civil case filed by businessman Antonio Tiu against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before a Quezon City court will continue after failed mediation.
In a one-page mediator’s report, it noted that mediation sessions were held last April 25, May 9, May 25, and June 1.
Following the June 1 meeting, the report said the mediation process between the two parties “failed.”
The mediator said it was an “unsuccessful mediation.”
Since it failed, Judge Evangeline Castillo-Marigomen of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 101 has set the next hearing on August 15.
Mediation is a process of resolving disputes with the aid of a mediator, who helps parties identify issues and develop proposals to resolve their disputes.
Last April, Marigomen has referred the case to the Philippine Mediation Center to try and work out an agreement between the two parties.
The judge cited as basis for mediation “Section 2 (a), Rule 18 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure” that require courts to consider the possibility of an amicable settlement or of a submission to alternative modes of dispute resolution.
Marigomen directed the mediator to submit to the court a status report on the progress of the proceedings at the end of the mediation period.
“If the mediation is successful, this Court shall immediately be informed and given the original compromise agreement entered into by the parties as basis for the rendition of a judgment by compromise which may be enforced by execution or a withdrawal of the complaint, or a satisfaction of the claim,” the judge noted.
Marigomen said the mediation proceedings shall be confidential.
The defamation case stemmed from the statements of Trillanes in October 2014 that claimed Tiu as being a dummy of former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The senator accused Tiu of being the former Vice President’s dummy after the businessman claimed ownership of a Batangas property allegedly owned by the Binays.
In his complaint, Tiu alleged that the various defamation statements issued by Trillanes against him in the media had negatively affected his businesses.
He added that “the defendant’s vicious attacks” on him did not only besmirched his reputation, “but also caused him sleepless nights, wounded feelings, serious anxiety, mental anguish, and social humiliation.” – RBA