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Gordon says he has support of 14 senators

By: Hannah L. Torregoza

Senator Richard Gordon yesterday claimed he has the support of at least 14 senators in his bid to file an ethics complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“I don’t need signatories. I had the support of more than 10, more than 12, more than 14 (senators),” Gordon told reporters in an interview after the Senate majority’s three-hour closed-door meeting.

Gordon and Trillanes earlier clashed after the latter called the Senate blue ribbon committee, which he chairs, as “komite de abswelto” when it refused to invite President Duterte’s son, Davao City vice mayor Paolo “Polong” Duterte and son-in-law Atty. Manases “Mans” Carpio to the Senate’s probe into the R6.4-billion shabu shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BoC)

Trillanes also chided Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III for lawyering for the President’s son and son-in-law.

“He already apologized once upon a time… yet he just keeps on doing the same thing,” Gordon said.

“A man like that does not belong in a Senate of august men, of gentlemen. You do not do that to a chairman, you don’t do that to your fellow senators and say they are a bunch of puppets or that they cannot do anything,” he reiterated.

“The Senate is already a damaged institution. You be the judge, I’ll stop judging. You know I never even talk to any senator…I never talked to any senator to get their vote,” he stressed.