Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is resigning as a member of the Senate ethics and privileges committee following the submitting of an ethics grievance in opposition to him by Sen. Richard Gordon, the committee chair.
In a privilege speech, Trillanes mentioned he would additionally file an ethics case in opposition to Gordon whose grievance in opposition to the Magdalo mutineer unparliamentary acts and disorderly behaviour may lead to his expulsion.
“Normally, I am not the whining type and could have easily let these things pass so I could focus on the more important issues at hand. But in the spirit of justice and fairness, at the appropriate time, I’d be filing my own ethics case against Gordon for his unparliamentary and unethical acts as senator and as chair of the blue ribbon committee. I will also expose his corrupt acts as Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross,” he mentioned in his speech.
Trillanes didn’t expound his alleged expose regarding supposed irregularities within the Red Cross however Gordon already had an inkling on Trillanes’ plan.
Gordon famous in his 23-page ethics grievance filed Monday night time to the ethics and privileges committee that throughout the blue ribbon listening to final Thursday, Aug. 31, the place they’d a verbal scuffle, he heard Trillanes saying twice ‘talo ka na.’ Gordon mentioned was thought of as baiting and unparliamentary beneath Sec. 93 and 94 of the Rules of the Senate.”
“He can be heard blackmailing and threatening to expose irregularities involving the Philippone Red Cross, a revered humanitarian organization of which I am a volunteer for 50 years since 1967, the chairman, the executive officer and member of the Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,” mentioned Gordon.
Trillanes, in his protection, mentioned his remarks calling Gordon’s committee a “comite de absuelto” and his actions in protection of presidential son, Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte, couldn’t be thought of offensive language.
“The term lawyering could either mean a noble profession or a way of defending someone, it is by no means an intrinsically offensive or bad word. It may have bruised the ego of Gordon but saying that word, no matter how you spin it, is not unparliamentary. As to the term ‘comite de absuelto’, just try telling that to 1000 people and see if they’d be instantly offended by it. I’d even be surprised if they would react at all. Precisely because it is not an offensive language per se,” he harassed.
Trillanes mentioned an offensive phrase, to him, would trigger an individual “instantly slap or punch or get mad at me.” He mentioned an offensive phrase was President Rodrigo Duterte’s cuss expression, “putang ina.
Trillanes mentioned that Senate Rules had been designed to set a regular hich might be utilized to everybody with no ambiguity whereby offensive language shouldn’t be relative to the sensitivity or emotions of every particular person senator.
“Hindi ito issue ng majority or minority. Para sa lahat ito kasi the precedent you set now could be applied to you pag nasa minority ka na at pwede ka rin pagkaisahan. Sana wag ganun. Kilala nila ako. Alam ng mga kasamahan natin dito, na passionate lang ako or emotionally transparent ako sa mga issues na malapit sa aking puso,” he mentioned.
“Alam niyo rin na hindi ako marunong mambully, marunong lang akong tumayo laban sa mga bully paminsan-minsan. Lastly, maaaring magkakahiwalay man tayo ng pananaw sa pulitika ngayon pero malay niyo, sa malapit na hinaharap, baka magkakasama rin tayo,” he mentioned.