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Drilon defends Trillanes

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Senate President Franklin Drilon SENATE PHOTO

Senate President Franklin Drilon came to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s rescue amid criticism that the latter violated a Senate’s protocol.

Trillanes revealed that some members of the PNP-SAF deliberately invited officials of the Army for a drinking session on the eve of Oplan Exodus.

Drilon said that Trillanes’ revelation about the PNP-AFP drinking session wasn’t mentioned in the closed-door session of the Senate, therefore he didn’t violate any protocol.

Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III is afraid of being charged that’s why he refuses to say “sorry” on the issue of the Fallen 44.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago believes that the President is avoiding his criminal liability that may result just in case he admits to his faulth and do a public apology.

According to Santiago, the President knows that he will no longer have immunity after his term ends in 2016.

The feisty Senator added that the President couldn’t ask for forgiveness is because as soon as he leaves his post, his confession may be used as evidence against him.

In previous reports, President Aquino already admitted to being responsible in the Mamasapano encounter but remains firm in saying that there’s no need for him to do a public apology.

In connection with this, Santiago said that the MILF is just avoiding any liability too upon saying that it has no knowledge that they were coddling terrorists’ Zulkilfi Bin Hir and Basit Usman in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

The veteran Senator said that the MILF’s reason that they’re not in control of the group that coddled Marwan isn’t acceptable.

Santiago insisted that the MILF’s own version of the truth is distorted.

It is impossible that no group knew that Marwan and Usman were in their camps especially that the two are high-value targets and have been wanted by the law for a long time.

The MILF provided the Senate a copy of the result of their investigation on the Mamasapano encounter.   (with DZRH Rommel Fuertes, Aly Narvaez)

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