Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The Senate Ethics Committee on Monday found Senator Richard Gordon’s ethics complaint vs. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sufficient in form and substance.
The committee also ruled to remove the fifth ground in the complaint, which cites the two coup d’etat Trillanes joined. Senator Franklin Drilon moved for the ground’s removal saying the first coup in 2003 happened before Trillanes became senator, while the second coup in 2007 was covered by amnesty.
Gordon on September 5 filed an ethics complaint against Trillanes, who faces suspension or expulsion by his colleagues if found guilty of “unparliamentary conduct.”
A penalty of suspension, when imposed, may last up to 60 days.
Gordon in his complaint said, “Senator Trillanes disrespected and deliberately maligned the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee by branding it as a ‘comite de absuelto,’ or a body absolving the accused of wrongdoing.”
CNN Philippines‘ Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.