Senator Tito Sotto is unlikely to assist the decision of Sen. Sonny Trillanes for the Senate to specific assist to calls to free Sen. Leila de Lima.
De Lima, a member of the Senate minority group, is detained on the Phil.National Police Custodial Center on drug charges.
Asked whether or not he would assist Trillanes’ decision, Sotto stated, “Gustong-gusto ko ‘yun noong una sapagkat ‘yun ang ginawa kong motion at tinindigan ko noong panahon ni Senator (Juan Ponce) Enrile, (Jinggoy) Estrada at (Bong) Revilla. Ayaw nila eh.”
Sotto was referring to the same movement he filed within the earlier 16th Congress in search of assist from colleagues to permit Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla to post bail after they have been detained in relation to their alleged involvement within the pork barrel fund rip-off.
“Ayaw ng (Senate) leadership e noon. Ayaw nina Sen. (Frank) Drilon. Ayaw nila akong suportahan. Huwag daw kami makikialam sa korte,” he stated.
“Ano ngayon ang sasabihin ko? Mali noon? Tama ngayon?” the Senate majority chief stated. During the final Congress, Drilon was the Senate president and belonged to the bulk bloc.
Drilon, now Senate minority chief, and the remainder of the opposition bloc have already signed Trillanes’ decision.
“Yun na nga eh. Ano ngayon? Papano ngayon? Noong araw hindi pwede, ngayon pwede? Papano naman papayag ‘yung majority sa amin dun?Eh, nung araw ayaw n’yo payagan nong kami eh,” he stated.
Sotto stated Trillanes’ decision wouldn’t be tackled in the course of the senators’ caucus on Monday. “Wala ‘yan. Hindi.”
“Ang (agenda) sa caucus sa Monday ‘yung priority bills ng administration, priority bills ng Senado, ng mga senador at saka ‘yung (ethics) isyu ni Sen. Gordon (laban kay Trillanes). Iyun ‘yung topic,” he stated.