Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday scoffed at two of his colleagues for coming to the protection of former Pres. Benigno Aquino III, who he has referred to as to be held accountable earlier than the court docket of legislation over the Dengvaxia mess.
Gordon insinuated that Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Panfilo Lacson are returning the political favor prolonged to them by Aquino whereas he was nonetheless in energy.
“I respect all the senators for their opinion. (Si) Trillanes, hindi na ako magtataka, kakampi nila yan,” he stated referring to the Liberal Party (LP) of Aquino.
The senator famous that Trillanes was given pardon through the incumbency of Aquino whereas Lacson, who went into hiding after he was tagged because the mastermind within the Dacer-Corbito homicide case surfaced in 2011, months after the previous president assumed energy.
Reports stated that officers of Aquino helped facilitate his return from hiding.
“Lacson, magiting na tao ‘yan at kaibigan ko rin ‘yan. Ang gusto ko lang sabihin eh syempre, maaalis mo ba na nahirapan sya nung panahon ni (former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) PGMA, nagtago sya di ba? Kelan siya lumabas? Nung panahon ni Aquino at binangon kaagad sya ni Pres. Aquino na ginawa syang chairman dun sa Yolanda (rehabilitation commission),” he stated.
Gordon admitted that he too is responsible of the identical, being an appointee of Arroyo within the Department of Tourism (DOT), however not to the extent of blocking the Senate investigation on the ZTE scandal of the previous president and now Pampanga consultant.
It’s comprehensible for some, particularly these identified to be recognized with LP or with Aquino to accuse him of attempting to deflect the problems in opposition to the Duterte administration.
“Lahat sasabihin nila pulitika (behind the blue ribbon report) eh malinaw naman yan na pinag-ingatan ko, iginalang ko si (former) Pres. Aquino nung humarap sya (sa Senate). At tinanong ko yung ilang questions to show na talagang may kinalaman sya (on the Dengvaxia program),” he stated.
Gordon emphasised that he’s not a member of the ruling PDP-Laban however an “independent” member within the Senate.