The main cast of the Opposition, Senators Franklin Drilon, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima, argued that they will oppose "efforts to stifle dissent and silence the opposition."
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"The Senate minority bloc stands behind Senator Sonny in his desire to ferret out the truth and will oppose efforts to stifle dissent and silence the opposition that are essential in a vibrant democracy," the opposition senators said.
"We cannot help but ask our colleagues in the majority if this is an attempt to harass and intimidate a colleague in the opposition," they added.
After the primary complaint filed by members of the House against De Lima who is facing three ethics complaints which are haven't resolved by the committee, the opposition claimed that there seemed to be a pattern of filing such complaints against senators who are not on the side of the current administration.
"Now we have this threat of a case filed against Senator Sonny that came after his line of questioning in the hearing led to linking Paolo Duterte to smuggling in the BoC (Bureau of Customs). Is this ethics case meant to silence the opposition in the Senate and the critics of the administration?" the opposition senators said.
"We urge our colleagues in the majority to rethink their position as regards this threat," they added.
Senator Gordon have had enough of Trillanes offensive acts and language which prompted the former to file an ethics complaint against the mutineer.
There was a heated argument between the two during the blue ribbon committee's probe on the smuggled shabu. Trillanes claimed that Gordon's committee is becoming a "committee de abswelto".
The mutineer turned senator wanted Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Atty. Manases Carpio, husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to attend the hearing since their names were mentioned as the head of the so-called "Davao Group" and the Senate should not treat them as "sacred cows".
The reason why Gordon isn't inviting the two is because there are no direct evidences that implicates the brothers-in-law other the a hearsay that Trillanes keeps on contesting as evidences. Gordon also said that the Senate should not become a body that will only be used a mean to ruin innocent names until evidences surface.