Trillanes receives an offer from Ejercito, Sotto for an honorable way out

"Apologizing would be an honorable way out."

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This has been the remarks of Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III to his colleague Senator Antonio Trillanes after his controversial statement calling the Senate a 'puppet' of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

Sotto initially refused to give his comment if he would demand an apology from trillanes but later on he said, "Instead of saying it’s the easy way out, it’s the honorable way out.”

Sotto also added that just because they agree with Duterte on his policies and his administration already means that they are lapdogs.

He also emphasized that Duterte never dictated any of the senators nor compelled them to support his policies and programs.

“Medyo mali siguro ‘yung mga terms na ginagamit kaya nagiging offensive kasi pag sinabi mong ‘puppet,’ ang ibig sabihin nun ang Malacañang ang nagdidikta kung ano ‘yung mangyayari (The terms he’s using is wrong, which is why it’s offensive, because if you say ‘puppet,’ it means the Malacañang dictates what happens)… For example the declaration of martial law, and you agree with the declaration of martial law, puppet ka na no’n (that immediately makes you a puppet)? Hindi naman siguro (Not really),” he said.

On the other hand, Senator JV Ejercito said Trillanes should apologize to the Senate as an institution.

“An apology would be good for the institution. Not for me, it’s for the institution. We have to maintain decency. We have to maintain parliamentary ethics in the Senate,” Ejercito said.

But he added that once he say sorry it should be the end of story.

Although Ejercito is not keen on filing ethics complaint against trillanes, he cited the rules an unruly member of the senate is violation.

“Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Ethics and Privileges, the Senate may punish any Member for disorderly behavior and, with the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire membership, suspend or expel a Member. A penalty of suspension shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days," Ejercito citing Section 97.

Source: InquirerGMA NetworkTribune