Trillanes has no regrets about spat with Cayetano
The senator said his colleague was being unruly.
(SPOT.ph) Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said he does not regret switching off the microphone of colleague Sen. Alan Cayetano during a senate hearing on extrajudicial killings on September 15. It was a move that drew varied reactions from the public.
Trillanes told GMA News that what he did to Cayetano was standard protocol for non-committee members who were contributing nothing to the procedure.
“Ganito po kasi ‘yong konteskto niyan, nagiging out of order na siya…Kasi alam ko ‘yong intention niya doon. Gusto niyang ikonsumo ‘yong oras ng committee para ang maririnig at makikita ng tao ‘yong kanyang mga pag e-effect imbis ‘yong salaysay ng testigo,” the senator said. He also explained that Cayetano was already disrespecting Senate Human Rights Committee Chair Leila de Lima.
Trillanes added that De Lima, a neophyte senator, was not yet familiar with a master switch function of the microphones. This prompted him to turn off Cayetano’s mic himself. “Noong time na ‘yon sinasabayan niya ‘yong chairman, e hindi pa familiar si Senator Leila sa function na ‘yon so kailangan i-off niya ‘yon,” he said.
The two senators clashed yesterday with Trillanes calling out Cayetano’s supposed derailing of the Senate’s questioning procedures.
Cayetano for his part said he had the right to be involved since he was a duly elected senator.