- Senator brushed off colleague’s call for him to be expelled
- He claimed to have the support, backing of several senators
- He also called Gordon out for pettiness, accused him of protecting president
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV scoffed at Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon’s call for his ouster from the Senate; saying he has the support and backing of several senators to keep that from happening.
“Senator Gordon can fantasize about that scenario, but it’s not gonna happen,” CNN Philippines quoted him as saying. “I believe the Senators know me well enough that this thing, whatever it is he’s alleging isn’t true. I trust in their wisdom and good judgment.”
Trillanes then shot back at Gordon; saying their recent brush at the Senate hearing on the Bureau of Customs drug-smuggling case highlighted his supposed allegiance to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Actually, Senator Gordon wants me expelled for that particular episode. How petty is that? But that’s the thing. He wants to protect his political patron, which is Duterte. He wants to show him that he’s the most loyal subject in the Senate that’s why he’s willing to do this. But will the other senators go along with him? I think not.”
Trillanes also defended his comments calling the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee which Gordon chairs as a “committee de abswelto”; saying they had basis and were certainly not against Senate rules.
According to Trillanes, Gordon had the habit of clearing high-ranking officials, including former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the current president, and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of any wrongdoing.
“He defended Arroyo and the other senior officials when he was Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee then. He cleared Duterte in the extrajudicial killing hearings when he replaced Senator De Lima,” he said. “He cleared Secretary Aguirre and the other high officials of government in the Bureau of Immigration bribery scandal. So there was a basis in that term.”