Sotto says Trillanes' behavior unparliamentary
MANILA, Philippines - Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto calls the behavior of Senator Antonio Trillanes on the floor yesterday unparliamentary.
Sotto said Trillanes did not follow basic parliamentary conduct when he stepped out of the Senate session hall while being questioned by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
He said anyone who takes the floor should be ready to answer during the interpellation.
“Yun na mga medyo unparliamantery conduct yan, di maganda pangyayari. Mabigat yung binibintang niya kay Enrile. Basic parliamentary conduct yung ganun system. You don’t impute motive on your fellow legislator. No matter what motive, you should not question it. Parliamentary yun,” he told radio DZMM.
Sotto believes Senator Manny Villar's Nacionalista Party where Trillanes is a member should discuss how to resolve the issue since Trillanes' main contention is about a bill that seeks to carve out a new province from Camarines Sur.
The Nacionalista Party has been opposing the measure.
Sotto maintains he and Enrile have always been neutral about this proposal.
“Ako personaly, at si Senate President, ewan ko kung bakit ayaw nila maniwala. Ayaw niyang maniwala na neutral kami dito akala ka nya nagpapakamatay kami para maipasa,” he said.