- Sen. Trillanes said that he did not regret arguing with Sen. Cayetano during the recent Senate inquiry
- Trillanes said that Cayetano was acting out of order when he exceeded the time allotment for questioning the witness
- Trillanes added that Cayetano was trying to consume the entire allotted time for the Senate inquiry in order to divert attention away from the accusations against President Duterte
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV explained to the media why he argued with Senator Allan Cayetano and shut off his microphone during the recent Senate inquiry into the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
According to Trillanes, Cayetano was acting out of order during the session.
“Kasi ganito po ang konteksto niyan eh. Nagiging out of order na siya (Cayetano),” the senator explained.
(This is the context for what happened. He was getting out of order.)
Trillanes added that Cayetano already exceeded the time allotment given to the senators for questioning the Edgar Matobato – a witness presented by Senator Leila de Lima during the Senate inquiry.
“Alam ko ‘yung intention niya (Cayetano). Gusto niyang ikonsumo ‘yung oras ng committee, para malihis ang atensyon. Isang oras ang pagtatanong niya,” Trillanes said.
(I know his intention. He wanted to consume the committee’s time to divert the attention. He asked questions for an hour.)
(photo credit: mb.com.ph)
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Matobato claimed to have been a member of the Davao Death Squad and accused President Rodrigo Duterte of ordering the murder of his enemies. He also accused the President’s eldest son – Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte – of being addicted to shabu.
The two senators also had a heated argument during the Senate inquiry’s two-minute break when Trillanes warned that he will not allow Cayetano to make further moves in the inquiry. Their quarrel only stopped when Cayetano decided to take a seat further away from Trillanes.
Trillanes explained that he did not regret arguing with Cayetano and turning off his microphone during the inquiry.
“Hindi po ako nagsisisi… Kailangan kong gawin ‘yon para hindi sila nagsasabayan ni Sen. de Lima,” he said.
(I have no regrets… I needed to do that so that he and Sen. De Lima would not speak at the same time.)