Catholic group defends Justice Reyes against bribery allegation

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KCFAPI Board of Trustees (CBCPNews File)

MANILA, April 30, 2015— A Catholic men’s fraternal organization has dismissed as “reckless” allegations of corruption leveled by administration ally Senator Antonio Trillanes VI against Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose Reyes, Jr.

The Knights of Columbus (K of C), the country’s and the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization of men, said the charges were an “imprudent imputation” after Trillanes accused Reyes of accepting P25 million to halt Makati Junjun Binay’s suspension.

The 336,000-strong Philippine K of C, in a resolution, believes that the senator’s claim is only meant “to smear and destroy name, honor, and integrity” of Reyes and of the Court of Appeals “and even the Philippine Judiciary itself”.

Among the signatories of the resolution is former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., vice chairman of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., that serves insurance needs of KC members in the country, and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio,  spiritual director of the KCFAPI.

As an active member in Church organizations such as K of C and Couples for Christ and serves as a Lay Minister of the Holy Sacrament, they said Reyes lead an “exemplary life of Christian virtues and values.”

“He is a man of strong moral fiber, lives in simple life and is without vices, and has never succumb to corruption,” they said.

They added that Reyes’ various positions in the private sector such as being Trustee and Secretary of the KCFAPI, belonging to the five biggest mutual benefit associations in the country, are visible proofs of public recognition of his integrity, independence and ethical principles.

They also said that the Judicial and Bar Council has even nominated Reyes more than twice for appointment to the Supreme Court.

Copies of the resolution were provided to SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Jr.

Other signatories of the resolution include the KC State Deputies: KCFAPI President Arsenio Isidro Yap of Luzon, Rodrigo Sorongon of Visayas and Balbino Fauni of Mindanao; Alonzo Tan, KCFAPI Chairman; Raoul Villanueva, Treasurer; Rogelio Garcia, Trustee and Juan Abraham Abando, Trustee.

Reyes earlier denied Trillanes’ claim and accused the senator of trying to intimidate the judiciary through “harassment”. (CBCPNews)

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