Trillanes may face ethics complaint for ‘disrespectful’ remark - Ejercito




After calling his colleagues “puppets” of the administration, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV may face an ethics complaint for becoming “damaging” to the Senate and “destructive to the country,” Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said on Tuesday.

“Maybe it is high time that we refer to the Senate ethics committee Sen. Trillanes’ actions since he is becoming damaging to the institution, and becoming destructive to the country,” Ejercito said in a statement.

He was reacting to Trillanes’ remark at a forum on Monday where he slammed his colleagues for turning the Senate as the “last bastion of democracy” to merely “puppets” of the administration.

“’Yung Senado na dating last bastion of demoracy, ngayon wala na. Para na rin kaming mga tuta ng administrasyon na ‘to (The Senate used to be the last bastion of democracy, but now it’s not. It’s as if we’re lapdogs of the administration),” he said.

Ejercito, a member of the majority bloc in the Senate, said Trillanes’ statements were “disrespectful and unparliamentary.”

“He should be reminded that as a democratic institution, we in the Senate debate issues instead of hurling insults; we vote instead of calling each other names when we disagree,” he said.

“We have 23 independent minds duly elected in the Senate. But even when we disagree on a number of issues, we maintain our respect for one another. I hope Senator Trillanes would do the same. I hope he will stop destroying this institution simply because he is rabidly against this administration,” he added.

The senator, in a text message, noted that it was not the first time Trillanes had insulted his colleagues.

Asked if he would initiate the filing of an ethics complaint against Trillanes, Ejercito said he has to consult first his colleagues.

“It is really difficult to do this against a colleague. Even with Senator (Leila) De Lima, I sympathized. Senators need to respect their colleagues,” he said.

Trillanes and De Lima are both part of the Senate minority bloc and have been vocal against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The independent-minded senators resolve their differences through debates rather than hurling insults. Name-calling is disrespectful and unparliamentary,” Ejercito stressed.

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