Columnist slams opposition senator over his 'insult' comment: "Drilon has no shame" - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Columnist slams opposition senator over his 'insult' comment: "Drilon has no shame"

Composite photo | Jojo Robles (from his Facebook profile) and Senator Franklin Drilon (photo from InterAksyon)

Senator Franklin Drilon has no shame – this is what prompted veteran columnist Jojo Robles after the controversial Senate hearing on election fraud in 2016.

During the hearing Senator Drilon chided Atty. Glenn Chong saying: “Please, Mr. Chong, stop the insults. Only Senators are allowed to insult here, not the witness.”
Now, the senator gets slammed over his tirades at Chong, who was one of the resource speakers at the hearing.

“YES, Sen. Franklin Magtunao Drilon has no shame. And I don’t mean that as an insult, since only senators are allowed to insult us, a privilege apparently granted to no one else.” Robles’ article reads

“First of all, Drilon has no call pretending to be one of the senators interested in getting to the bottom of the reports of alleged massive cheating in the May 2016 elections, as exposed by Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd in two privilege speeches. As someone who garnered more than 18 million votes to top the Senate elections that year, simple delicadeza should have made Drilon skip the investigation of the committee chaired by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd.” the writer added.*

Former Biliran Rep. Atty. Glenn Chong | Photo from Biliran website

Robles added that the senator from Iloilo did not observe modesty and even acted as if he was a defender of the Commission on Elections and its automation partner Smartmatic.

After the former Biliran representative Glenn Chong, who was also known for his parliamentary procedure asked former Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim through Pimentel if perhaps he did not understand him (Chiong) or was not paying attention to his questions, Drilom started utter his now-viral insult comment.

The senator was quick to pounced on Chong saying only senators can insult other people and not the witnesses or resource speakers like the former representative.

Robles, meanwhile, cited that if he was Chong and had been bullied by Drilon in that way, he would have said: “I would (respectfully, of course) asked the senator why he could insult me, a citizen who pays his salary, and be prohibited from doing the same to him, for example.”

“I would also have asked him to clarify for me, for instance, if calling a senator a big, fat, lying pig would qualify as an insult. Only so that I may not make the mistake of insulting a member of the Senate in future statements, of course.” Robles added.*

Robles also pointed out that Drilon was trying to divert the attention of the committee away from possible generalized cheating in the last elections that could also pave a way to investigate his own controversial victory.

During the hearing, Drilon claimed that Chong was one of Marcos’s lawyer and even produced a document which supposedly show that Chiong had been contracted, among other lawyers, as an alternate counsel of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Chiong, immediately corrected Drilon that while he may have been included in the list of lawyers for Marcos, who is protesting the victory of Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, he never accepted the appointment, much less appeared as counsel on behalf of Marcos.

“By making it appear that Chiong was a Marcos operative, Drilon hoped to hijack the proceedings and convert them into yet another round in the long-running Marcos-Robredo match.” Robles said.

“Like the president of his party, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Drilon’s presence was only intended to scare off Chiong and other witnesses called in to bolster Sotto’s case of massive cheating — except that Pangilinan was not a surprise topnotcher in a Senate race that was being investigated in a hearing of the chamber.” He added.

Ending the article, Robles reminded everyone of Drilon’s behavior during the first hearing last Tuesday and to expect that he might act the same way in the next hearings to come – simply because, the senator has no shame.