Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon (left) and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right)
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he is now readying the documents and copies of testimonies that, he claims, would strengthen the plunder case he will file against Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon.
Trillanes said the plunder charges stemmed from Gordon’s alleged anomalous use of the funds of the Philippine National Red Cross when he was still its chairman.
“During his first term as a Senator he allocated funds to the Red Cross, while he was also the chairman. It’s like a Napoles scam. At first glance, it seems there is no problem with that because it’s Red Cross, but the problem is the one disbursing the funds,” Trillanes said.
According to Trillanes, Gordon used the questionable funds for his campaign in the previous elections.
Aside from the filing of the said complaint, the legislator also plans to write a letter to the Commission on Audit (COA) and International Federation of Red Cross to conduct an audit on the Philippine National Red Cross.
Upon the opening of the Congress’ session on Wednesday, Trillanes said he will try to convince other senators to oust Gordon as the chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice Committee.
“This is what I will divulge to my colleagues in the Senate that we have a chairman of Blue Ribbon, whose tasked is primarily to investigate acts of corruption by public officials, but he himself committed plunder and other anomalous activities,” Trillanes said.
Aside from the said plunder case, the senator also filed an ethics complaint against Senator Gordon last month.
Meanwhile, Trillanes plans to file a libel complaint against the controversial blogger of Thinking Pinoy, RJ Nieto.
The allegations, the Senator said, is in connection with Nieto’s blog post on a column which reported that President Donald Trump called Trillanes a “little narco”.
On the Facebook page of Thinking Pinoy, Nieto reacted to the libel complaint the senator plans to file against him. In his post, Nieto seemed to belittle the said libel charge.
Aside from Nieto, Trillanes will also file complaints against Manila Times columnist Yen Makabenta after he called the senator’s interview with the BBC last June a “24-minute disaster”. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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