Trillanes schools Dick on what constitutes ‘unparliamentary acts’

Magaling na abogado daw? Trillanes schools Dick on what constitutes ‘unparliamentary acts’

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gave Sen. Richard Gordon, a refresher course on what should constitute an “unparliamentary” act or language.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gave Sen. Richard Gordon, a refresher course on what should constitute an “unparliamentary” act or language.

“For a lawyer like Gordon, hindi nya alam ‘yung unparliamentary,” Trillanes said in an interview with DZBB anchor-reporter Nimfa Ravelo.

Under the Rules of the Senate, Trillanes said unparliamentary acts are limited to statements or actions committed while session is ongoing.

“Kung halimbawa nasa basketball ka, may nasiko ka, hindi masama ‘yun. Kung nagsuspend ng session tapos kung anong sabihin mo, hindi ‘yun on record. Hindi ‘yun unparliamentary. ‘Yung sa caucus hindi rin counted ‘yun. Ngayon, nag uusap tayo sa media, hindi rin counted ‘yun,” he explained.

Trillanes cited as an example the issue on former Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who called Pres. Benigno Aquino III names, labelling the latter as an “abnormal” while they were still members of the upper chamber. He said Cayetano was not punished for his offensive language because he made during a session break.

“Sa akin, my fate is in their hands. Kilala nila ako. Kung anuman ang inilabas nila sa media o sinasabi ni Gordon, I believe nakita naman ng mga kababayan natin kung anuman ‘yung unparliamentary na nire-refer nya even ‘yung bang hearing na nire-refer nya, wala. Very conscious ako dyan,” he said.

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