MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday called Senator Richard Gordon a "lackey" of President Rodrigo Duterte for leading a Senate investigation that failed to establish alleged extra-judicial killings.
Trillanes told ANC's "Headastart" that he opposes "basically all" of Gordon's "garbage" committee report.
"I’m not going to waste my time trying to debate on all of these things. The bottomline here is Senator Gordon covered up for his political master, President Duterte," Trillanes said.
Trillanes blasted Gordon for dismissing allegations raised during the Senate hearings that as Davao mayor, Duterte ran a vigilante hit squad that targeted criminals and political foes.
"That's the part wherein Senator Gordon shows that he is indeed a lackey of President Duterte. The whole country saw the testimony of Edgar Matobato," Trillanes said, referring to a self-confessed member of the hit squad.
"The script of Senator Gordon was precisely to cut abruptly the hearings so that he could clear his political master. He canceled the meetings scheduled the following day and the day after," he said.
Gordon said Trillanes should not take his long-running feud with President out on the Senate.
Trillanes supported Sen. Grace Poe during the May presidential elections and accused Duterte during the campaign of keeping a secret bank account.
"Can this man not argue on the matter of issues? Is he so weak of mind, so weak of integrity that he could not argue on the floor? Because we tried to do that before. He goes out of the Senate and starts attacking us, and that is not the purpose of the Senate," he added.
Gordon said the Presidents critics, who link him to alleged extra-judicial killings, should bring their grievances to Congress and file an impeachment complaint.
If anyone does not like President Duterte and they think he is sponsoring state killings, Gordon suggested that they proceed to congress and file for impeachment.
"They can easily file a case against them and at least make a try to impeach him, but don’t go on trial by publicity where you’re sitting there and talking about your colleagues in the Senate with disrespect. That I think is really unfortunate," he said.