- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV apologized to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
- Trillanes apologized for his “uncalled for” demeanor during a Senate hearing
- Trillanes assured Cayetano that it will never happen again
Senator Antonio Trillanes, IV sent a letter of apology to Senator Peter Alan Cayetano on Monday, September 19, for his “uncalled for” demeanor during the September 15 Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“This is to express my apologies for my demeanor during last Thursday’s hearing of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. It was brought about because of the intense passion and emotion of the moment. Nonetheless, it was uncalled for,” Trillanes’ letter read.
“Be assured that such incident will not happen again,” it added.
Senators Trillanes and Cayetano engaged in a verbal tussle which ended with Trillanes turning Cayetano’s microphone off while he was still speaking.
Senate President Koko Pimentel called out Trillanes for his acts.
“Do not take the law or the rules into your own hands na ikaw na mismo ang papatay nung mikropono ng kapwa mo senador. Magkapantay po kayo. Respeto lang po [that you are the one turning off your fellow senator’s microphone. You are equal. Just give respect],” Pimentel said.
As noted by the Manila Bulletin, several sectors urged Trillanes to apologize to Cayetano, among them is a group of Philipine Military Academy alumni.
A Facebook petition by the PMA graduates read:
“We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest terms your behavior as a bully and your conduct unbecoming of a people’s senator.
We are aghast and purely discombobulated that as a graduate of the revered and prestigious Philippine Military Academy, you showed you are not an officer, neither are you a gentleman.
Perhaps a simple apology will suffice that you may deserve understanding and forgiveness. Perhaps a little bit of humility and politeness will regain your humanity back.”