LOOK: Opposition Senators defend Trillanes amid threat of ethics suit

September 01, 2017

Members of the Senate Minority bloc on Friday defended Senator Trillanes IV amid the threat of an ethical complaint

In a statement, Senators Risa Hontiveros , Paolo Benigno "bam" Aquino IV, Franklin Drilon and Leila De lima said they would oppose " efforts to stifle dissent and silence the opposition."

"The Senate Minority bloc stands behind Senator Trillanes in his desire to ferret out the truth and will oppose efforts to stifle dissent ang silence the opposition that are essential in a vibrant democracy," the opposition Senators said
"We cannot help but ask our colleagues in the majority if this is an attempt to harass and intimidate a colleague in the opposition;" they added
The minority bloc was referring to the ethics complaint filed by several leaders of the House of Representatives against De Lima. De Lima is facing three ethics complaints that are yet to be resolved by the committee.

"Now we have this threat of a case filed against Senator Sonny that came after his line of questioning in the hearing led to linking Paolo Duterte to smuggling in tha BoC (Bureau of Customs). Is this ethics case meant to silence the opposition in the Senate and the critics of the administration?" Senators said

"We urge our colleagues in the majority to rethink their position as regards this threat," they added

On Thursday, Gordon said he would personally file an ethics complaint against Sen, Trillanes in its offensive language and its actions

Sen, Gordon and Sen, trillanes engaged in a heated argument, in the investigation of the blue ribbon committee on the smuggling of shabu, after Sen Trillanes accused Sen Gordon of returning his panel to a "Committe de abswelto."

Trillanes made the remark after proposing that the committee chaired by Gordon invite Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and lawyer Manases Carpio to the investigation. Carpio is the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Trillanes said he doubts Gordon’s plan to file an ethics complaint will get the support of their colleagues.

SOURCE: Gmanetwork


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