MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV apologized Monday to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano for his conduct during the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings last week.
Trillanes said his heightened emotions caused his verbal tussle with Cayetano during Thursday's inquiry into the alleged links of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Davao Death Squad (DDS).
In a letter addressed to Cayetano, Trillanes admitted that his actions, spurred by "intense passion," was "uncalled for."
"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," said Trillanes.
He also assured Cayetano that his outburst "will not happen again."
Trillanes on Tuesday expressed irritation with Cayetano's long line of questioning against Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed hitman who accused Duterte of having suspected criminals and political opponents killed when he was still mayor of Davao City.
De Lima, the lead investigator, ordered a two-minute recess of the hearing to pacify her colleagues.
WATCH: Cayetano, Trillanes clash in Senate hearing
When the hearing resumed, however, Cayetano and Trillanes continued their exchange.
Calling a point of order, Cayetano accused Trillanes of "intimidating" and "trash-talking" him.
"My seat mate here (Trillanes) here is intimidating me. I am trying to ask questions, he told me here: 'Hindi kita papapormahin' and then he tells me here, 'Nabubuo ba ang pangarap mo (Are your dreams coming true)? You are defending evil etcetera,'" Cayetano complained.
"He will tell me those things, trash-talk me. Perhaps as a senator, I never did that to any of my colleagues and I consider him a friend. I can move. Can you make sure he doesn’t follow me? I will listen to you. If it takes you two hours, I will follow," he added.
The senator also insinuated that the hearing was biased, prompting de Lima to cite him as out of order and ask the sergeant-at-arms to restrain him.
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