Trillanes hits back to Gordon: "I will also expose his corrupt acts..."

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Manila, Philippines - After Senator Richard Gordon filed an Ethics complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the latter hits back by not only filing an ethics case but also to expose Gordon’s “corrupt acts” while he was still the chairman of Philippine Red Cross.

Gordon has officially submitted the Ethics complaint against Trillanes on Monday night.

Greco Belgica, a former Manila Councilor and now heading the Coalition for Investigation and Prosecution also said that Trillanes has ghost projects out of the money from pork barrel funds.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said on a privilege speech on Tuesday that, “Normally I’m not the whining type and could have easily let these things pass so I could focus on the more important issues at hand, But in the spirit of justice and fairness, at the appropriate time, I’d be filing my own ethics case against Senator Gordon for his unparliamentary and unethical acts as senator and chairman of the blue ribbon committee.”

“I will also expose his corrupt acts as chairman of the Philippines Red Cross,” Trillanes added.

Furthermore, Trillanes claimed that Gordon had broken some rules of parliamentary procedure - “primarily the right of the minority to be heard.” He said.

The opposition senator and one president Rodrigo Duterte’s harshest critics mentioned the following rules that according to him, Gordon had violated as chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee:

Dishonestly insisting that the phrase “comite de absuelto” was made on the record

Disregarding the objection of a member;

Disrespected and insulted a member of the committee;

“He mentioned ‘cockpit of chismis’ insinuating that I was just peddling rumors when clearly the information came from his resource persons,”

“He further insulted me by saying: ‘Huwag daw ako nagdadaldal nang hindi ko nalalaman.’ If at all, the comite de absuelto remarks are but a response to his ‘cockpit of chismis’.” Trillanes added.

Trillanes also accused Gordon of monopolizing the flow of proceedings in previous committee hearings by conducting monologue for hours, stealing the opportunity of the senators to ask questions.

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