Senator Antonio Trillanes IV apologized to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano this Monday, September 19 for his “uncalled for” demeanor during the Senate hearing on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines last Thursday, September 15. The military-turned politician even wrote an apology letter addressed to Cayetano. A copy is seen below.
“This is to express my apologies for my demeanor during last Thursday’s hearing of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. It was brought about because of the intense passion and emotion of the moment. Nonetheless, it was uncalled for. Be assured that such incident will not happen again,” Sen. Trillanes wrote on his sorry letter to Cayetano.
Besides the office of Sen. Cayetano, copies of Trillanes’ letter of apology were also sent to the offices of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights chairperson Senator Leila de Lima. Both Cayetano and Trillanes ran for vice president in the last election, but lost to now VP Leni Robredo.
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As seen and heared live on TV, Sen Trillanes told Sen. Cayetano, “Hindi kita papopormahin.” and the latter replied, “Senador ako, binoto ako ng tao dito, di ba?” At one point, Trillanes turned off Cayetano’s microphone, and requested De Lima to declare Cayetano out of order for allegedly consuming more time than he was supposed to.
That time, Cayetano was questioning Edgar Matobato about his testimony on the alleged orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to kill several individuals in Davao when he was still the city mayor. He, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto, and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson tested the credibility of the witness, while De Lima and Trillanes appear to be protecting him.
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Sen. de Lima served as the Justice secretary during the past administration, after being the chairperson of the CHR (Commission on Human Rights). Back then,.she investigated then-Mayor Rody Duterte, and has concluded that there were no evidences of the DDS (Davao Death Squad), and no proof that Duterte is connected with the extrajudicial killings.
As of posting, Sen. Cayetano has not yet commented on whether he is accepting Sen. Trillanes’ apology or not.