Trillanes files ethics complaint against Gordon

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Sen. Antonio Trillanes said Sen. Richard Gordon's unparliamentary conduct "reflect adversely" on the Senate. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) — Senator Antonio Trillanes stuck to his word that he will file an ethics complaint against fellow lawmaker, Richard Gordon.

In a 27-page complaint filed Wednesday, Trillanes asked to hold Gordon reliable and accountable for "unparliamentary acts, language, and/or conduct"  that violate Senate rules.

Last September 5, Trillanes vowed to file an ethics complaint against Gordon. This was in response to a similar case Gordon had filed against him following a heated exchange between them during the August 31 hearing into the smuggling of ₱6.4 billion shabu into the country.

Trillanes had also warned of exposing anomalies in Red Cross Philippines, which Gordon heads.

READ: Gordon files ethics case for Senate to probe, penalize Trillanes

Trillanes cited two instances of unparliamentary conduct by Gordon that "reflect adversely" on the chamber.

At the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on August 31, Trillanes accused Gordon of maliciously accusing him of ill-motives in proposing to invite to the hearing presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte as well as presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio.

During a probe on the Davao Death Squad on October 3rd last year, he also accused Gordon of jumping to conclusions in his  "unwarranted' allegations against Senator Leila De Lima who was being linked to drug operatios in the New Bilibid Prison.

Gordon may face suspension or expulsion by his colleagues if found guilty of unparliamentary conduct.

Tension between the two senators started after Trillanes had asked  why Carpio and the Davao Mayor had not been summoned to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing, despite corruption allegations against them by a witness,  Mark Taguba.

Taguba, a fixer at the Bureau of Customs, had linked the two to the "Davao Group." This inner circle with links to the presidential palace reportedly takes bribes to facilitate the release of shipments entering the country.

 A heated exchange between the senators followed, resulting in Gordon filing an ethics case against Trillanes.

On September 11, the Senate Ethics Committee found Gordon's complaint sufficient in form and substance.

READ: Senate committee finds Gordon's ethics complaint vs. Trillanes sufficient in form and substance