Manius stepped on the rostra and smiled at the people in front of him, he gave friendly nods to some plebeians up front. The people loved some personal attention. Quite a mass had assembled, most of them curious to see what the praetor of Rome had to say about the speeches given by Cotta and Diocletianus. He opened his arms to the mass of people, as if he where welcoming them. 'People of Rome! I thank you greatly that you have taken some of your personal time to be here to listen to me. It is always an honour to speak the great citizens of our magnificent city! I have come here to tell you the truth. There is a man that is lying to you and I think that's terrible, out of all persons in our dear Res Publica the people should know the truth!' He moves on the podium while talking, making emotional gestures and pointing at a random plebeian up front. 'You, dear sir, do you like to be lied to?' The man shook his head. 'No, senator, I ain't that fond of dem lyin' folks.' Manius raised his arms again. 'I thought so! And I suspect that no man, woman or child thinks otherwise! No, lying is something terrible and still it is happening. But who is this liar? Who is deceiving the people? It is someone you wouldn't expect it to be. It is the main representative of the plebeian council within our sacred senate, senator Diocletanius! Yes! It shocks me as much as it does you, my dear people!' Manius took a short break to take a fast sip of water.
'I shall tell you everything, for this man is not only a liar. No, it gets even worse! This man also tried to bribe me, your honest praetor and senator, into supporting him. He tried to buy my support! A man of my dignitas and position! One of his servants came to my house where I greeted him, I was handed a box. I opened this box and what did I find? Gold, wine, a richly decorated sword and a letter asking me to no longer support the honourable senator Cotta but instead support him! I, being a true Roman and honest praetor, refused this bribe and sent the package back to his house. I was being generous, I gave him back his goods and thought to never speak about it. We all make mistakes and I thought it would be kind to forgive him for his mistake. But then the lies came, dear people! During the speech of senator Cotta he rudely interrupted and put slander on my name by claiming impossible things!' His speech became more temperamental as he proceeded. 'There he claimed I had a gambling problem and he gave me a kind gift to pay off those debts! How dare a man make up such lies! I can assure every one of you honest people that, as a true Roman, I have no gambling history nor any debts! No, dear people, the great Aquilii Tusci still have plenty of gold to support the plebeians they love so much! And to proof the wrongness of the terrible lies of the tribune I shall now personally hand out coins from my own savings! Put it to good use and know that senator Diocletianus is no friend of the people but a liar and a criminal!' One of Manius' assistants then handed him a bag of coins and he started to throw them out into the crowd, the mass of people went wild and cheered as they dived onto the coins that scattered over the ground. Manius smiled, this speech had cost him a heavy dime but he had to uphold the truth.. and slightly alter it.