Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada dared former colleague, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to resign if he might not stand being a part of what he claimed as essentially the most broken establishment in authorities.
“How dare you say that? What are you waiting for? Better RESIGN now. Honestly, the Senate doesn’t need senators who are certified cowards like you,” he mentioned on his Facebook post.
The former lawmaker joined former colleagues in giving Trillanes a beating after calling incumbent senators “cowards” and “puppets” of the Duterte administration.
Estrada, former Senate president professional tempore, reminded Trillanes that the principles of the Senate prohibit higher chamber members from making unsavory statements in opposition to fellow higher chamber members.
“That is totally uncalled for lalong lalo na tinawag mo silang duwag,” he mentioned.
Estrada recalled an incident few 12 months in the past the place Trillanes, in a center of a heated debate with then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on his function as a backroom negotiator of the Philippines with China on the battle over Scarborough Shoal, walked out of the plenary session corridor.
“Sino ngayon ang duwag? Maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw na ikaw ang pinaka-duwag sa lahat ng mga senador na nakasama ko. In case you don’t know the meaning of cowardice, let us define clearly the definition. According to Webster dictionary, it is lack of courage or firmness of purpose,” he mentioned.
Estrada cited one other alleged show of cowardice of Trillanes when he surrendered to the authorities after failing to satisfy his mission in making an attempt to overthrow the Arroyo administration throughout the so-called Manila Peninsula siege in Nov. 2007.
“Nakarinig ka lang ng mga putok ng baril galling sa mga pulis, unang-una ka nag-surrender! Ano tawag mo dun? Di ba act of COWARDICE ‘yun? Now please tell me, sino sa mga kapwa senador mo ang mga duwag? Malacanag kapag nagbanggit ka ng pangalan, ‘di ka nila lulubayan sapagkat wala akong kilalang duwag na senador ngayon maliban sa iyo!” he mentioned.
Estrada urged Trillanes to only preserve his mouth shut if he doesn’t have something good to say in opposition to a fellow senator.