Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Thursday chided Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for referring to some colleagues as “apologists” of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The term apologist is uncalled for dahil pwedeng a senator [is] merely airing his opinion. Ang sabi nga, ‘to each his own.’ Walang pakialamanan ng opinion,” Sotto said in a text message.
Sotto also said he was unaware of Trillanes’ claim that more than 10 senators are “unhappy” with the Duterte presidency.
“I don’t know where he got his count but that’s his opinion so let him say what he wants,” Sotto said.
According to Trillanes, over 10 of his colleagues were unhappy with “how things are going” under the Duterte administration, while others were turning out to be “apologists” of the President.
Trillanes did not disclose the names of the concerned senators.
“Bakit ba kayo tumakbo, para maging tuta ng isang administrasyon? Or para sabihin ‘yung tama, itulak ‘yung tama?” Trillanes said.
Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said “senators should be speaking for themselves.”
Neophyte Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, for his part, cited Duterte’s high approval and trust ratings.
“That means the people are quite satisfied with his performance and they trust him,” Gatchalian said in a text message.
He said he also has no information as to whom Trillanes was referring to.