“Koko will stay as Senate President.” – Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV publicly announced his call for the change of Senate leadership, this is the newest chapter in the Trillanes vs. Gordon spat which stemmed out the former accusing the latter being biased in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte, even to the point of lawyering for the president in all the senate hearings of the powerful Blue Ribbon Committee.
Trillanes has been calling for the resignation of Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon since last month, he alleges that the latter has been holding back whenever the President or anything that will involve the president is being investigated by the Senate. Trillanes even called committee as 'comite de absuelto' headed by Gordon. To which, Gordon filed an ethics complaint against Trillanes. *
|Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (photo credit to abs-cbn.com)|
Trillanes wants a major revamp in the current Senate leadership, all of this will create a more free flowing and honest investigations of the senate in all perceived irregularities being perpetrated in government.
“I hope there will be a change in the leadership because right now the independence of the Senate is affected and it is reflected in the committee of Gordon,” Trillanes said.
“Ang hinihingi ko lang ‘pag mag-iimbestiga ang Senado dapat ‘di pinipigilan dapat kinakalkal palalim hanggang sa wala nang makita. Hindi ‘yung may ina-abswelto o pinoprotektahan (I just wish that the Senate will not be prevented from conducting a deeper investigation (of scandals in government). It should not clear or protect (anyone),” he said.
Lacson put and end to any hope in Trillanes call for change in the Senate leadership.
“Koko will stay as SP. The majority bloc, all 16 of us are solidly supporting his Senate leadership,” Lacson said.
“13 votes to oust is extremely improbable,” he added, referring to the Senate minority members mostly composed of Liberal Party senators.
Amid the ouster call from a colleague in the senate, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is not threatened.
“He can go ahead with his plans. This is a free country,” Pimentel said reacting to Trillanes’ statement.
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