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5 Of The Most Cringe-Worthy Confrontations During Senate Hearings

Aguirre strikes again
by Andrei Medina | Sep 12, 2017
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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is back in hot water after Senator Risa Hontiveros called for his resignation in a privilege speech this week.

Apparently, Hontiveros found out about Aguirre’s alleged plot to file a case against her after a private individual sent her a photo showing the Justice Secretary’s text exchange with Negros Oriental representative Jacinto Paras. An enhanced version of the photo seems to show that Aguirre asked Paras to expedite the case against the senator.

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As cringe-worthy as this is, this isn’t the first time that the Senate was a hotbed of drama, as well as a platform to expose unflattering acts by our honorable solons and other government officials. Below, lists a few more awkward AF Senate incidents.

Aguirre covers his ears 

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Five years ago, the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago schooled Secretary Aguirre, who was then part of the prosecution panel during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Things quickly escalated when Santiago confronted Aguirre for deliberately covering his ears while she was delivering her speech.

De Lima’s breakdown:

Trillanes vs. Cayetano

Last year, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano got into a heated argument when the latter got irked by Trillanes’ snide remarks during a Senate hearing. Cayetano even went so far as to tell the public that Trillanes was intimidating him with lines like “Hindi kita papopormahin” and “Nabubuo ba ang pangarap mo?” To be fair, Trillanes trying to turn off Cayetano’s mic while he was talking was really disrespectful.

The “porma” moment:

Trillanes vs. Zubiri 

After his Senate joust with Cayetano, Trillanes targeted Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in a series of statements that offended the latter. An angry Zubiri confronted Trillanes and said he was ready to face the former soldier in any kind of fight.

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Sotto’s “Na-ano lang” comment

Remember when Senator Vicente Sotto III forgot that he was in the august halls of the Senate, busting out a crass joke at the expense of then Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo's being a single parent? It’s a good thing Taguiwalo shot back with a classy reply, which was backed by netizens who were triggered by Sotto’s remarks.

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