From its role as the “last bastion of democracy,” the Senate has been reduced to legislators acting as “puppets” under the Duterte administration, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Monday.
Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, said the Senate is one of the most damaged institutions since Duterte took office.
“Itong Senado na dati ay ‘yan yung last bastion of democracy eh ngayon, wala na, para na rin kaming mga tuta nitong administrasyon na ’to. Ni ayaw mag-imbestiga eh,” Trillanes said in a press conference.
“Dito ako makakakita ng mga senador na takot, kaalyado ka na lang kasi ayaw mo aminin na takot ka eh,” he said.
Trillanes said some chairpersons of Senate committees tasked to investigate “abuses” of the administration refuse to do their jobs. He did not pinpoint any particular senator.
“‘Yung mga dapat sana na pumuna eh wala eh, sila yung mga bahag ang buntot,” he said.
Trillanes said the Duterte administration is also destroying the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is enforcing the President’s bloody war on drugs.
“Dati, professionalized ang hanay ng kapulisan pero dahil inengganyo magpatay (sic) ng tao eh ngayon, d’yan sa hanay ng kapulisan, may mga mamamatay tao eh,” he said.
“Eh papaano yan, papaano madi-displina later on?” Trillanes added.
Trillanes, along with Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, earlier filed a supplemental communication against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to make the President accountable for his alleged crimes against humanity amid the war on drugs. — ALG/RSJ, GMA News