Gordon slams Trillanes for 'unfair' inquiry of President Duterte's son and son-in-law

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Senators Richard Gordon and Sonny Trillanes. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — Senator Richard Gordon slammed opposition senator Antonio Trillanes on Thursday for his "unfair" line of questioning of President Rodrigo Duterte's son and son-in-law during the hearing on corruption in the Customs Bureau.

"You're conducting editorials, that you're going to bring it to the media, it's unfair to the witness," Gordon told Trillanes, referring to witnesses Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who is President Duterte's older son, and the President's son-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio.

The two appeared before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee which is investigating the smuggling of 604 kgs of shabu through customs in May 2017. Their appearance followed a heated exchange between Gordon and Trillanes at the last hearing on August 31.

Trillanes called the Blue Ribbon Committee as a "komite de abswelto" in that hearing, after its chair, Gordon refused to summon Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio to the Senate probe.

"I'm giving you so much leeway already, just so that there'll be no question. Precisely, I invited these people for you," Gordon said to Trillanes Thursday.

During the cross-examination, Trillanes showed several alleged bank accounts of Duterte and Carpio amounting to more than a hundred million pesos each. He also accused Duterte of being a member of a Chinese triad, or organized crime syndicate.

Read more: Trillanes: Paolo Duterte a Chinese drug triad member

Both Duterte and Carpio denied the alleged bank accounts were theirs. To this, Trillanes challenged the two to sign a waiver to counter-check, but they denied his request.

"Magtatago ka rin pala eh, tatawa ka pa [You're just planning to hide, and yet you choose to laugh]," Trillanes told Carpio. Carpio said he snickered because he did not have the amount alleged by Trillanes.

Gordon then cut Trillanes, telling him to stop "editorializing" the inquiry by infusing unnecessary comments.

On September 5, Gordon filed an ethics complaint against the Magdalo senator.