SENATOR Richard Gordon blasted Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for rejecting the graft charges he recommended against former President Noynoy Aquino in his draft report on the Dengvaxia mess.
Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, took to task individuals who have brought shame to the country, especially those who tried to topple the government.
“Pinatawad ‘yan, lahat yan pinatawad ni Aquino eh, ‘yan ang problema eh… Ngayon ‘di tama ‘yan, kaya di ko nalang pinapatulan,” Gordon said in a radio interview over dzBB.
“Ganun din siya kung tirahin nya ako, laitin niya ako ganun na lang. ‘Di ako makikipagbuno sa ganyan. Sabi ng nanay at tatay ko parang kapag nakipagbuno ka sa baboy talo ka pa rin. Bakit? May putik ka pa rin. Mahilig sa putik yan e, ikaw dapat di ka mahilig sa putik,” he added.
Trillanes disputed Gordon, saying he had already “paid his dues” in prison for seven and a half years.
“I have paid my dues. It’s not as if after committing something eh hindi ako nakatuntong sa kulungan… Ngitngit na lang ‘yan ni Senator Gordon kasi talagang bumabalandra sa kanya yung ginagawa niya,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes noted that he opposed some of Aquino’s policies which he deemed as “detrimental to Filipinos” such as the K-12 program and Reproductive Health law
He however said that he was grateful for the amnesty given by Aquino to him and other soldiers involved in the Oakwood Mutiny in July 2003, and the Manila Peninsula siege in November 2007.
Last week, Gordon presented his draft report on the P3 billion Dengvaxia purchase and mass vaccination program.
Gordon recommended charges against Aquino, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and other former officials for violating among others, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
But Trillanes, as well as Sen. Panfilo Lacson, criticized the recommendation to lodge graft charges against Aquino.
Gordon is in the process of asking committee members to sign the report before presenting it to the plenary for approval.
Among those who signed the report were Senstors JV Ejercito and Migz Zubiri.