Richard Gordon recently made waves after he and fellow senator Antonio Trillanes engaged in a vicious war of words during a senate hearing regarding the Bureau of Customs shabu smuggling scandal. The hearing included testimony from a private broker who had alleged links to President Duterte’s son, Paolo Duterte.
During their exchange of insults, Gordon threatened to file a complaint against Trillanes.
According to ABS-CBN News, The Blue Ribbon Senate Committee ruled Trillanes “out of order” after the senator continued to answer Richard Gordon in a confrontational manner. Trillanes said:
“If you feel alluded to, then that’s your problem.”
Gordon replied with:
“You’re so fond of making names here, making general statements. If you want to make general statements, you better prove it. This is the Senate of the Philippines; this is not a cockpit of chismis. We are here investigating real things. Wag nang magdadaldal dito ng hindi mo nalalalaman.”
But Trillanes rebutted and said the following:
“Nagiging komite de abswelto ang Blue Ribbon Committee.”
Then he said that Richard Gordon is not a “one-man committee.” The words angered Richard Gordon, who claimed that he will file an ethics complaint against Antonio Trillanes. Trillanes, for his part, challenged Gordon to do so, saying he would “welcome” it.
In a report by Abante News Online, Richard Gordon tweeted the following, which garnered large scale netizen attention. He said:
“This is the Senate of the PH- – NOT a cockpit of chismis. We are here to find the TRUTH so we will not be misled by lies and hearsay.”
Some netizens speculated that Richard Gordon was intentionally steering the Senate to prevent from delving further into the case’s alleged ties to Paolo Duterte. The source gathered some comments (their names were intentionally withdrawn for security purposes):
“LOL. Pero nung kay Leila gora kayo sa lies and hearsay. You disgusting prick”
“Cmon senator! You are talking to a customs fixer! Names are not important to them, just pay the right price too have your containers released…”
“Too obvious..ur protecting Duterte and his son”
“You’re the one that is misleading and not wanting to find the TRUTH.”
“Ayusin mo kc mgtanong para kng lasing sir pabalik balik lng waste of time.”
The source failed to mention if Senator Trillanes replied to Senator Gordon’s tweet.
What do you think about this, readers? Do you agree with what the netizens said? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!