Senator Richard Gordon lambasted Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV's privilege speech for seemingly defending Edgar Matobato while using "harsh" words against President Duterte.
“I believe it is a slur to the committee because we’ve tried to be very, very fair. I find it very distasteful that he was talking for the witness. The witness is the best witness. You cannot supplant a witness with your own observations,” Gordon said.
“Harsh words such as mass murderer is uncalled for. That is reserved for Hitler; that is reserved for Stalin, that is reserved for the president of Cambodia, Pol Pot,” he added.
During Trillanes Privilige speech, he asked a Senate investigation on the alleged “direct involvement” of Duterte on the killings in Davao City during his term as mayor.
Trillanes also presented documents intended to dispute the statements of his colleagues that Matobato, confessed member of the so-called Davao Death Squad, was inconsistent in his testimony.
“I am sure that prior to this inquiry, all of us have heard rumors of the Davao Death Squad and that Duterte was somehow behind it ... but we were able to look the other way because it was convenient for us to do so. All that has changed.”However, In a chance interview, Gordon said:
“There is a process. you do not investigate a president. the only way you can investigate the president is through impeachment.”
Meanwhile, Senator Miguel Zubiri said calls to investigate Duterte should be brought up before the House of Representatives, where an impeachment proceeding may be initiated.
Source: GMA News