Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will face “head on” any ethics grievance to be filed towards him by fellow senators for being abrasive.
Senators JV Ejercito, Panfilo Lacson, Tito Sotto strongly objected to Trillanes’ latest tirade towards some members of the Senate majority bloc whom he considered as “puppets” of Malacanang.
“I would welcome any ethics complaint filed against me in the Senate,” stated Trillanes, after studying that Ejercito intends to convey him earlier than the Senate Committee on Ethics chaired by Sotto.
“But here’s the thing, if Sen. Ejercito believes that my statement that the Senate is becoming a lapdog of the Duterte administration is highly offensive yet sees nothing wrong with Duterte’s rape comments to the soldiers, then we really have a problem,” Trillanes stated.
Ejercito believes “it is high time that we refer to the Senate Ethics Committee Sen. Trillanes’ actions since he is becoming damaging to the institution, and becoming destructive to the country.”
Trillanes earlier criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for making one other “sick” rape joke simply to emphasise his help to authorities forces preventing the Maute terrorists in Marawi City. The President had positioned Mindanao beneath martial legislation after the Maute extremist group seized Marawi City final May 23.
The Commander-in-Chief visited the troops in Mindanao on May 26 and instructed them:“For this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible. Just do your work. I will handle the rest. I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three [women], I will say that I did it.”
In response to the President’s rape joke, Trillanes stated: “Duterte assuring legal absolution for soldiers who commit rape during martial law is as dangerous as it is sick.”
He added: “At a time when our people are looking for assurances that the abuses of the past Martial rule would not resurface anymore, the Commander in Chief, in fact, does the opposite. How I long for the day the people would realize that they have a madman for President.”