MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago wants private prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre Jr. to be locked up for only 24 hours, but he has to hear her “shrill” voice over and over and over again.
Santiago agreed with the suggestion of her colleague, Senator-judge Alan Peter Cayetano, to penalize Aguirre by forcing him to listen to her lectures non-stop for 24 hours.
On February 29, the Senate cited Aguirre for contempt for covering his ears while Santiago was admonishing anew the prosecution. Aguirre said he could not take anymore the “shrill” voice of the senator and the way she’s supposedly humiliating the prosecution.
Early today, Aguirre apologized to Santiago for bringing her “discomfort” for his actions He insisted, however, there is nothing to apologize for the infamous act that could be the talk of the town until trial
resumes again on March 12. His penalty will be handed down on Monday.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, however, wants him detained for two nights. He joked, however, that "bibigyan namin siya ng sashimi...Sobra sa wasabi."
Being a fellow lawyer, Enrile said he understands Santiago's frustrations.
"Pag nakikita namin ang kapwa abugado namin na nangangapa, frustrating 'yon," he told reporters on Thursday, referring to the prosecution panel.