Senators, including President Benigno Aquino III’s allies, Monday expressed shock and dismay at the inclusion of Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, an ex-colonel who had led a number of failed coups, in Malacañang’s list of alleged mutineers and rebel eligible for amnesty.
Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chair of the Senate committee on peace, unification and reconciliation, slammed Malacañang for what he believed was an error and immediately suspended Monday’s hearing on Mr. Aquino’s Proclamation No. 75.
“I’d like to admonish the executive branch to get their act together. It shows carelessness and lack of coordination. Until the chair is furnished with a comprehensive list, this [hearing] is suspended,” Guingona said.
Another Liberal Party member, Sen. Franklin Drilon, said that the list was inaccurate not only due to the inclusion of Honasan but also communist rebels.
Guingona later said he felt that the two officials, who were supposedly the source of the list, could not provide an explanation based on their “body language.
Ano kayang body language yon. Yong nakamulat ang mata at nakaawang ang bibig na para bang nagsasabing, Eh?
Batuhan na ng bote ng alak.