Trillanes to question Aguirre's mental fitness


Posted at Feb 15 2017 10:12 AM

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MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes vowed to continue to oppose the confirmation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, saying the Cabinet official is not emotionally and psychologically fit to handle the Justice portfolio.

The Commission on Appointments is set to resume its hearings and Trillanes said he is set to present three sets of opposition to Aguirre's confirmation, among them is the "emotional and psychological fitness of the man for the job."

In an interview with "[email protected]," he said his allegations stem from Aguirre's statements uttered and directed to the lawmakers.

"For one, he called us ‘g*go.' He called me in particular ‘s-------ch’ in response to a question of a reporter. This is in relation to my questions, my official duties as a senator doing the inquiry we were conducting in relation to the BI bribery scandal," he said.

"So as Secretary of Justice, you cannot blurt out things just like that. He was saying that he was provoked into saying that, and that’s precisely the point," he added.

Trillanes said although it is also inappropriate for elected officials like him to do that, "we are not acting as Secretary of Justice."

"He should be the epitome of fairness, objectivity, and unquestionable sense of justice," he said.