Gordon: 14 senators back ethics case vs Trillanes

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SEN. Richard Gordon yesterday said “more than 14 senators” are supporting his ethics complaint against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, but the latter said it was premature for Gordon to gloat.

Gordon, in an interview after a two-hour caucus of the Senate majority bloc, said, “It’s (compliant) going to be filed today… I don’t need signatories. I have the support of more than 10, more than 12, more than 14 (senators).” The complaint was filed past 7 p.m. with the ethics committee chaired by majority leader Vicente Sotto III.

Trillanes, told of the 14 supporters, asked, “Who are they? Did he (Gordon) name them?”

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“It’s a long process, there would be a hearing eventually, it would be presented to the plenary and then it would be voted on. We will finally find out who are these (supporting the complaint). So it’s premature for him to say who are supporting him,” Trillanes said.

He reiterated he did nothing wrong. “It will be a long process and I am confident, as I said, I did not do anything improper, anything unparliamentary,” he said.

In several interviews since last week, Gordon said he will file a complaint against Trillanes for calling the Blue Ribbon committee a “komite de abswelto (committee which absolves)” and accused Gordon of lawyering for Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law Manases Carpio. The Blue Ribbon is hearing the smuggling of some P6.4 billion that passed through the Bureau of Customs. Trillanes has been linking President Duterte’s son and Carpio to the “Davao Group” which supposedly facilitates the entry of shipments for a fee.

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Sotto said Gordon’s claim of support from more than 14 senators is “quite accurate.”

Sotto said he will schedule a meeting on Monday next week to discuss the pending complaints before his panel.

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