Gordon, finally filed ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Gordon formally files ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Senator Richard Gordon on Monday night formally filed  his complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Senate ethics committee.

Earlier, Gordon said “more than 14” senators have expressed support for his ethics complaint against Trillanes for using “offensive and unparliamentary language.”

The complaint stemmed from Triplanes’ tag against Gordon’s blue ribbon committee as “comite de abswelto” as he accused Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto III of lawyering for the presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio.

Trillanes said deliberating the complaint will be a “long process” for the Senate “so it’s premature for (Gordon) to say who among the senators would support him.”

“It will be a hearing. Eventually, it will be presented to the plenary and then it will be voted on by then malalaman natin, so it’s premature for him to say kung sino yung mga susupport sa kanya,” he said in an ambush interview at the Senate on Monday.

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Trillanes also said he’s confident that he “did not do anything improper nor unparliamentary.”
“Mas marami tayong nakitang karumal-dumal na ginagawa ng iba but walang ganyan so sige, naiintindihan ko ‘yung political game nila,” he said.

Trillanes said he would readily face the complaint.

“Ngayon inaantay ko lang, kapag dumating ‘yan haharapin ko ‘yan and I will not let it be a distraction sa bigger issue na si (Davao City Vice Mayor) Paolo Duterte at (presidential son-in-law) Mans Carpio ay naiinvolve dito sa shabu shipment na ito at sa smuggling sa Customs,” he said.

On Monday afternoon, the committee formally invited Duterte and Carpio in the next hearing on corruption in Customs on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Both Duterte and Carpio have committed to attend the inquiry.

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