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Sotto annoyed by Trillanes’ gimmicks: Do not use Senate for unruly plot

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has called on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and other opposition senators not to abuse the hospitality of the Senate leadership, saying he would not allow the Senate to be used for “any unruly plot.”

In a text message to members of the Senate media, Sotto said he was disappointed with the supporters of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and members of the Senate Minority following their various “gimmicks” inside the Senate premises as a show of support to the embattled legislator.

Sotto said instead helping him preserve the integrity and sanctity of the chamber as an institution, Trillanes and the minority bloc particularly Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan somehow abused “the hospitality of the Senate leadership.”

“I hope his supporters will not abuse our patience,” said Sotto.

Opposition supporters flocked the Senate compound on Friday after Pangilinan announced in his Twitter account that he “received reports from friends in the media that there might be an attempt to illegally arrest” Trillanes either on Friday evening or “over the weekend when the Courts are closed.”

Trillanes is facing an impending arrest from authorities after Malacañang last Tuesday (September 4) revoked the former rebel soldier’s amnesty grant through Presidential Proclamation 572.

On Thursday, Father Noel Gatchalian, during a mass for Trillanes and his supporters at the 5th Floor of the Senate Building, joked about praying for the President Rodrigo Duterte to get sick.

The Senate President on Friday ordered that “mass this weekend (are) not allowed” inside the Senate premises after issuing a new guideline which will not allow “unnecessary visitors” of opposition Senators from entering the GSIS Building, where the upper chamber is holding office.

“No need. There is a church nearby. Senate is closed on weekends. Only staff of senators are allowed,” said Sotto.

Sotto said that any gimmick of any group should be “not at the expense of the Senate.”

“Nagkaka-tension na… either way, I will be held responsible,” said Sotto.