Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was unfazed by a colleague’s statement that he could face an ethics case for calling senators puppets of the Duterte administration.
“I would welcome any ethics complaint filed against me in the Senate,” Trillanes said in a statement.
The senator was responding to Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito’s statement that his actions should be referred to the Senate committee on ethics.
“But here’s the thing, if Sen. Ejercito believes that my statement that the Senate is becoming a lapdog of the Duterte administration is highly offensive yet sees nothing wrong with Duterte’s rape comments to the soldiers, then we really have a problem,” Trillanes said.
Duterte earlier joked about taking responsibility for soldiers who would rape three women. The President has placed the entire Mindanao under martial law after amid ongoing armed conflict between government troops and the terrorist Maute group.