WATCH | ETHICS COMPLAINT: Gordon bent on teaching Trillanes a lesson

September 5, 2017 - 1:21 AM
Richard Gordon.
Senator Richard Gordon.

Senator Richard Gordon is determined to teach his colleague Antonio Trillanes a lesson.

Gordon says he will file his ethics complaint against Trillanes this week – over what he called offensive and unparliamentary behavior during last week’s investigation into drugs smuggled in from China.

Gordon says he’s got the chambers majority behind him: “I Am not going to stoop down to his level. I have the support of more than 10, more than 12, more than 14. He keeps on doing the same thing. A man like that doesn’t belong in the Senate. He should not do that to the chairman, to the fellow senators and say they are bunch of puppets.”

The two senators got into a heated argument last week about whether Davao vice mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law – Mans Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte – should be summoned to the senate’s investigations.

Trillanes brushed off Gordon’s ethics complaint: “I had thought that would be first thing in the morning. I’ll face it when it comes, but I will not let it be a distraction from Paolo Duterte at Mans Carpio, who are involved in this shabu shipment.”

The presidential son and son-in-law have confirmed they will face the Senate this Thursday – even though Gordon, who chairs the blue ribbon committee, rejected a motion to summon them.

The Majority Floor Leader, Senator Vicente Sotto, says their testimonies will be relevant in this round of hearings because the legislative inquiry will tackle the so-called “tara” payola system within the Bureau of Customs, of which the alleged “Davao Group” was a part.

Customs broker Mark Taguba has retracted his earlier statement implicating the younger Duterte and his brother-in-law in the corruption cycle at Customs.

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