Ethics complaint vs. Trillanes sufficient in form, substance

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The Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee, chaired by Sen. Koko Pimentel, resumes its inquiry on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City II Parking Building, the 22-storey Makati City Hall Building and related anomalies. (MNS photo)

The Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee, chaired by Sen. Koko Pimentel, resumes its inquiry on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City II Parking Building, the 22-storey Makati City Hall Building and related anomalies. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 11 (Mabuhay) – The Senate ethics committee on Monday found the complaint filed by Senator Richard Gordon against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sufficient in form and substance, except for one ground in relation to the two coup d’etat attempt he participated in the past.

Following the committee’s approval, Trillanes will be asked to submit his counter-affidavit.

In Gordon’s 23-page complaint filed last week, the senator pointed out Trillanes’ “pattern of unbecoming conduct and insulting language against persons and public institutions.”

One of the grounds he mentioned was the participation of Trillanes, a member of Magdalo group, in two coup attempts against the Arroyo administration. One was in July 2003 at the Oakwood Premier, and the other was in November 2007 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon questioned the inclusion of such events to the complaint, saying the act was not done before Trillanes became a senator.

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, chairman of the committee, however pointed out that the second coup was in November 2007, months after Trillanes was elected for his first term in office.

Gordon has alleged that the coup attempts had a “detrimental impact” on the tourism industry of the country. Gordon was the chairman of the Department of Tourism then.

“Senators are expected to be beyond reproach and to abide by the highest standards of conduct. Senator Trillanes has shown that he is incorrigible by exhibiting that, even after he was forgiven, he would do his transgressions against,” Gordon said.

Trillanes earlier said he also plans to file an ethics complaint against Gordon over his “unparliamentary” and “unethical” acts as senator and chairman of the blue ribbon committee.

The two engaged in a heated argument in one of the committee hearings after Trillanes alleged that the panel has turned into a “committee de abswelto.” (MNS)

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