SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday branded as garbage the soon-to-be released committee report of the Senate justice committee on its investigation regarding extrajudicial killings (EJK) made by Senator Richard Gordon.
Trillanes said the report allegedly meant to cover-up EJKs.
“Talagang lumalabas na ano siya, Duterte collaborator. Ang committee report na iyan ay cover-up ng extrajudicial killings na nagsimula at dumami ngayon noong nagsimulang umupo si President Duterte,” Trillanes said in a television interview.
The senator added that the committee report is an alleged product of Gordon’s “selective justice” and “twisted logic.” “Talagang sumisipsip lang si Sen. Gordon sa kanyang political patron,” he added.
“The draft Justice committee report has yet to be signed by the majority of the members so it has no value at the moment. Having said that, Sen. Gordon only proved that he is a Duterte lackey for prematurely shutting down the hearings and covering up all the evidence of Pres. Duterte’s involvement in the EJKs happening throughout the country and for being the mastermind behind the Davao Death Squad when he was mayor of Davao City,” added Trillanes in a statement.
Trillanes cited Gordon’s pronouncement that he will recommend the filing of murder charges against self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato for the killing of alleged terrorist Sali Makdum.
“On one hand pinaniniwalaan niya (Gordon) ang contention ni Matobato na siya ang nag-abduct kay Sali Makdum, na enough na ire-recommend niya na murder, pero ’di niya pinaniniwalaan ang allegation ni Matobato na si President Duterte ang nasa likod at pag-create ng Davao Death Squad noong siya ay mayor pa,” he said.
In a separate television interview, Gordon lashed back at Trillanes.
“I’m sorry that he said that about his fellow senators. I don’t know where he comes from and he calls hard work garbage,” he said.
Gordon added: “Maybe sa kanya hindi lang mapaunlakan ang gusto niyang palabasin. Hindi kasi abogado eh. Kung gusto mong maipalabas kailangan mapatunayan mo. Kung ’di mo mapatunayan ’wag mong sasabihing garbage... Ito nga sasabihin ko sa kanya, it takes one to know one.”
Gordon has said that the committee has found that the summary killings of drug suspects are not state sponsored.
However, he said the Philippine National Police’s Project Tokhang violates rights of drug suspects.
Gordon said the committee report would include recommendations against the bad behavior of Trillanes and Senator Leila de Lima during the hearings.
Gordon cited Trillanes’ decision to allow Matobato to leave the Senate premises without waiting for the committee hearings to finish and De Lima’s “material concealment” regarding the kidnapping case filed against the self-confessed hitman.