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READ: Veteran Lawyer Lectures Karen Davila on Her Criticisms Against Vice Mayor Duterte

Veteran lawyer and considered as an avid supporter of Pres. Rody Duterte, Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles lectured ABS-CBN journalist and radio commentator Karen Davila for her criticisms against Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Mayor Sara Duterte's husband Atty. Manases Carpio.


In a viral video posted online by DZMM, Karen Davila says that Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio need to go to the senate to clear their names because they were mentioned by a witness but according to Atty. Angeles explained that what Karen is doing here is saying that because their names were mentioned, they are presumed guilty.

The lawyer lectured Karen Davila that the Vice Mayor and Atty. Carpio don't have the burden to clear their names because the accuser must prove guilt, and the person who asserts a fact must prove as what Trillanes implied that the two are guilty.

Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles noted that Sen. Trillanes must prove his case because a hearsay evidence proves nothing. the problem is, Ms. Davila wants the two to prove their innocence, forgetting that innocence is presumed, and this presumption is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Here's the Complete Statement of Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles:

Karen Davila says that Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio need to go to the senate to clear their names because they were mentioned by a witness. 

What she is doing here is saying that because their names were mentioned, they are presumed guilty and they now have the burden to clear their names?

They have no such burden. 

The accuser must prove guilt. The person who asserts a fact must prove it. Sen. Trillanes believes the two are guilty? Then he must have evidence to show that. Trillanes asserts that Paolo Duterte is connected to Taguba? Then he must prove it. Hearsay evidence proves nothing. 

The problem is, Ms. Davila wants the two to prove their innocence. Forgetting that innocence is presumed, and this presumption is guaranteed by the constitution. 

The two do not have anything to prove. It is Trillanes who needs to prove that his suspicions warrant some kind of compulsion to force the two to come to the senate. 

You have it backwards, Ms. Davila.

One last thing. As my friend Xc A Marin points out, the senate is a legislative body. It is not a court. A court is where you prove guilt or innocence and ... ahem... clear your name once and for all.

Source: Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles

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