THE bitter squabble between Sen. Richard Gordon with colleagues Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes 4th ended Wednesday when the former backtracked and said he will no longer file a complaint against the two for the “unparliamentary acts” they committed during the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings Monday.
“Senator De Lima has been under severe stress. I never wanted to add to her stress…” Gordon said in an interview with reporters.
Gordon and de Lima clashed verbally during the resumption of the hearing of the Senate justice committee into the alleged extrajudicial killings in Davao City on Monday. The spectacle ended with de Lima walking out of the session hall.
De Lima was irked when she was accused by Gordon of committing “material concealment” for allegedly hiding from the committee the information about the pending kidnap-for-ransom case filed against Edgar Matobato.
Matobato has claimed that the Davao Death Squad killed at least 1,000 persons on orders of then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Gordon, who heads the Justice panel, on Tuesday said the committee can file an ethics complaint against de Lima and Trillanes for their unparliamentary conduct during the hearing.
Yesterday, the senator said he will just talk to de Lima.
“But you know you really have to watch out. As senator, she must remember that she must be of mild temperament,” Gordon added.
Gordon and Trillanes also settled their differences when the latter visited the former in his office Wednesday.
Gordon declined to give information about their meeting.
“I promise not to issue statements about the matter,” he said.
“So tapos na `yun [It’s over.] We’ll move forward,” he added.
The two senators also squabbled when Matobato suddenly left the Senate building on Monday night without informing the committee.
Trillanes admitted that he knew about Matobato’s exit but Gordon said the witness should not have left because senators are not done questioning him yet.
Also on Wednesday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said Ronnie Dayan, the driver and alleged lover of De lima, faces arrest if he fails to show up at the House of Representatives Thursday.
He said a subpoena has been issued to Dayan to testify. The House justice panel is investigating De Lima’s alleged involvement in the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.
“If he fails to appear then a warrant of arrest can be issued against him,” Aguirre said.