[Trending Now] Trillanes Sent Apology Letter to Cayetano, Says That Action Was Caused By 'Intense Passion and Emotion of the Moment'
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has sent a letter of apology to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with regards to their heated exchange during...
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has sent a letter of apology to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with regards to their heated exchange during the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings last week.
In a letter addressed to Sen. Cayetano's office, Trillanes said, “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,” Trillanes explained.
“Be assured that such incident will not happen again,” the senator added.
Copies of the letter were also sent to the office of Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights Chairperson, Senator Leila de Lima.
It can be remembered that Cayetano and Trillanes clashed after the first questioned witness Edgar Matobato on killings who was allegedly ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte when he was still in his term as Davao City Mayor.
Both senators came from Nationalista Party but Cayetano was known as ally of President Duterte while Trillanes is known for opposing him even before he was elected as president next to PNoy.
Trillanes is the one who asked de Lima to declare Cayetano out of order for using the Senate's time questioning the witness. And because of that scene, de Lima was forced to suspend the hearing to ease the tension between the two senators.
After the suspension, the two senator still have arguments. Trillanes was heard telling Cayetano, "Hindi kita papopormahin," to which Cayetano replied, “Senador ako, binoto ako ng tao dito, di ba?"
When the hearing resumes, de Lima explained why she need to cut Cayetano, but he tried to butt in, in the latter part. And that's how happened that Trillanes turned off Cayetano's microphone.
“You do not take the law or the rules into your own hands na ikaw mismo ang papatay ng mic nung tao, yung microphone. Hindi po dapat ginagawa to tsaka syempre you don’t taunt, you don’t heckle your fellow senator,” Pimentel said with regards to Trillanes unruly attitude during the hearing. “Magkapantay po kayo. respeto lang po.”