At first it was Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon…and now it’s the Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.
Last month Senator Antonio Trillanes wanted Senator Richard Gordon out of the powerful Blue Ribbon Committee. Trillanes sees the chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee as biased in favor of president Rodrigo Duterte. He further describes the action of Senator Gordon as if he is lawyering for the President.
Now 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. *
|Magdalo Senator Antonio Trillanes IV(left) calls for the ouster of current Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III(right) (photo credit to the owner)|
Trillanes said that the Senate President must be replaced since it will be the “key” in replacing Gordon as chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee, the powerful committee is the one tasked to investigate corruption and other forms of wrongdoings 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 in a media forum.
“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.
Trillanes claims that Gordon’s Blue Ribbon Committee ia at the center of investigation on government mischiefs. “He represents Koko (Pimentel). So, for as long as Sen. Gordon is there, you will really see that the Senate’s independence is affected.”
Senate President reacts : Go ahead
The Senate president when asked to comment on the move of Trillanes in trying to change the senate leadership.
"He can go ahead with his plans. This is a free country," the Senate President said, who remains unfazed by the threat of Trillanes ouster call for him to be replaced if Sen. Gordon stays as Blue Ribbon chair. *
The recent action by the senator from Bicol comes from his accusation of Gordon’s performance as Blue Ribbon Committee chair. Also, Trillanes plans to file plunder charges against Gordon for his alleged corruption in the Philippine Red Cross, which Gordon’s also chairs.
Reports from cnnphilippines and philstar