“Disrespectful” and “unparliamentary” were how Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito described on Tuesday, July 4, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s latest remark against his own colleagues.
In a forum on Monday, July 3, Trillanes reportedly called his colleagues “puppets” of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I find the recent statements of Senator Trillanes disrespectful and unparliamentary. He should be reminded that as a democratic institution, we in the Senate debate issues instead of hurling insults; we vote instead of calling each other names when we disagree,” Ejercito, member of the Senate majority group, said in a statement.
“We have 23 independent minds duly elected in the Senate. But even when we disagree on a number of issues, we maintain our respect for one another. I hope Senator Trillanes would do the same. I hope he will stop destroying this institution simply because he is rabidly against this administration,” he said.
Ejercito then hinted that Trillanes, an opposition member, could face an ethics complaint for his actions.
“Maybe it is high time that we refer to the Senate ethics committee Sen. Trillanes’ actions since he is becoming damaging to the institution, and becoming destructive to the country,” Ejercito said.
The ethics committee is being headed by Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.