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Private prosecutor cited in contempt

Day 26 of the CoronaTrial came to a hault after a heated exchange between Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Private Prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre.


MANILA, Philippines – On Day 26 of the #CoronaTrial, Senator-judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago asked the impeachment court to cite prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre after he was caught on video covering his ears while the lady senator was berating the prosecution panel. 

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada intially castigated Aguirre, calling his action as “kabastusan.” Aguirre reasoned that he found the voice of Santiago “shrill,” and that it felt bad on his ears. Santiago called Aguirre’s action “contemptous.” Aguire replied saying in his 40-year career as a lawyer, this was the first time that he was lectured by a judge, adding that what was imporant is respect and diginity.

As of posting, Aguirre has been escorted out of the session hall. A few minutes later, Presiding Officer and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile ordered to cite Aguirre for contempt. The senator-judges will decide on the form of punishment in their Tuesday caucus. – Rappler.com

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