Gordon covered up truth in Senate probe: Trillanes

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2016 05:52 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday accused Senator Richard Gordon of covering up the truth in the Senate inquiry on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

This is after Gordon, chair of the Senate justice panel, concluded that President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration were not behind the alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Trillanes said Gordon cannot prove what he did not even attempt to investigate in the first place.

"He can go on a monologue again to try to justify his actions but he won't be able to convince the people who witnessed what transpired during the hearings," he said.

"Eventually, the truth would come out and when that day comes, Sen. Gordon should be remembered as one of those who tried to cover it up," he added.

Gordon presided over three of the six Senate hearings after he replaced De Lima as chair of the committee after she was ousted from the post last September.

During the probe, De Lima had presented self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, who accused Duterte of organizing a hit squad during his time as Davao mayor. Gordon repeatedly tried to discredit Matobato and even accused De Lima of hiding important information from them.

Trillanes earlier came to the defense of De Lima and told Gordon to apologize. The two eventually made up and buried the hatchet, that is until his statement on Friday.

Since Duterte assumed office this year, there have been at least 1,195 drug-related fatalities in the country and at least 697 killings by unidentified assailants.

- With reports from Adrian Ayalin