Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gave Sen. Richard Gordon, a refresher course on what ought to represent an “unparliamentary” act or language.
“For a lawyer like Gordon, hindi nya alam ‘yung unparliamentary,” Trillanes stated in an interview with DZBB anchor-reporter Nimfa Ravelo.
Under the Rules of the Senate, Trillanes stated unparliamentary acts are restricted to statements or actions dedicated whereas session is ongoing.
“Kung halimbawa nasa basketball ka, may nasiko ka, hindi masama ‘yun. Kung nagsuspend ng session tapos kung anong sabihin mo, hindi ‘yun on record. Hindi ‘yun unparliamentary. ‘Yung sa caucus hindi rin counted ‘yun. Ngayon, nag uusap tayo sa media, hindi rin counted ‘yun,” he defined.
Trillanes cited for example the problem on former Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who known as Pres. Benigno Aquino III names, labelling the latter as an “abnormal” whereas they have been nonetheless members of the higher chamber. He stated Cayetano was not punished for his offensive language as a result of he made throughout a session break.
“Sa akin, my fate is in their hands. Kilala nila ako. Kung anuman ang inilabas nila sa media o sinasabi ni Gordon, I believe nakita naman ng mga kababayan natin kung anuman ‘yung unparliamentary na nire-refer nya even ‘yung bang hearing na nire-refer nya, wala. Very conscious ako dyan,” he stated.
The Senate ethics and privileges committee chaired by Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is ready to convene Monday to take up the criticism filed by Gordon on the alleged unparliamentary acts, language and disorderly habits of Trillanes displayed through the Aug. 31 blue ribbon committee listening to.
Trillanes was given 10 days, upon receipt of Gordon’s criticism final Sept. 5, to reply the charges.
Trillanes stated he was extra involved over points thrown at him by President Duterte.
“Aayusin ko ito, titindigan ko ito and I will deal with other things later,” he stated.