Sen. Miriam Santiago slams prosecutor who covered his ears while she was speaking at Corona impeachment trial

Manila Standard Today reports that on Wednesday, February 29, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was fuming at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona because private prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre II "covered his ears to avoid listening to her castigate his colleagues for dropping five of the eight charges against the Chief Justice."

It’s Sen. Miriam Santiago vs. Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre II.

 

Manila Standard Today reports that on Wednesday, February 29, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was fuming at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona because private prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre II "covered his ears to avoid listening to her castigate his colleagues for dropping five of the eight charges against the Chief Justice."

 

The report revealed: "Just before the incident, Santiago had been delivering a scathing attack on the prosecutors for withdrawing five articles of impeachment... Aguirre was seen on national TV covering his ears with his hands."

 

The report noted that Senator Jinggoy Estrada saw Aguirre’s move and called his attention. Estrada then told Aguirre that what he was doing was an insult to Santiago. Then, Santiago also stood up and called for a point of order in an apparent attempt to have Aguirre cited for contempt.

 

Aguirre claimed that he only made the gesture becuase he was "hurt by Santiago’s criticism of the prosecution." In other reports, he pointed out that he found Santiago’s voice "shrill" and it "hurt his ears." However, both Santiago and Estrada said Aguirre should have just left the court if he did not like what he heard. The report quoted what Santiago told Aguirre: "You cannot make those contemptuous gestures and get away [with] it."

 

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