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Saturday, June 9, 2018



LOOK: Antonio Trillanes' hypocritical political journey exposed



Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV is undeniably one of the most criticized and ostracized Senate member in the Philippine history. Involved in various blunders involving treason, Trillanes has blatantly inflicted dishonor not just to himself but to the revered military institution he was once part of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

As an alumnus of the PMA, Trillanes underwent a rigorous training and upbringing and was inoculated with various virtues and principles which he obviously lost along his way for political stardom or ridicule perhaps.

This insight is shared similarly by Arturo Brondial del Ayre, former Editor-in-Chief at The Bicol Universitarian, who recently published a Facebook post wary of the senator. Also included in del Ayre's exposition were the blunders undeniably disturbing which Trillanes referred to as "SenatorT", willfully and illicitly committed. 

His post reads:

"Today, the Philippine Military Academy celebrates its 113th Foundation Day, traced from the Philippine Constabulary Academy established in 1905.  Alumni-cavaliers travelled far and wide to join this momentous homecoming.  All were once received as plebes at the hallowed grounds of Borromeo.   I, too, was one 'bug', once a 'bok', and forever a 'mistah'.

Beast Barracks molded civilians into plebes by indoctrinating them with PMA's values of Courage, Integrity and Loyalty. Each cadet is also imbued with an Honor Code of truth, transparency, reparation, and interdiction.

SenatorT once chaired the Honor Committee of PMA Class of 1995; a multi-awarded cum laude; a naval engineer-officer; a learned scholar; and had all the trappings of being an officer and a gentleman.

After a seven-year itch of searching for personal excellence in military-academe milieus, moreover, he eerily transformed himself into something that went beyond great expectations. He ran as Senator, won, but not allowed to sit until a presidential amnesty, not acquittal.

#Courage is the quality of spirit to face danger or pain without showing fear; bravery. SenatorT was once hardened by the "Don't Quit" attitude; of 'take life' — the ingenuity of escape and evasion; of patience and endurance; and a spartan way of life. During the 2003 Oakwood, however, while garbed in full battle gear and regalia, he surrendered an hour after a Sackurian-defined 'pathetic' mutiny.

Thereafter, he became a different breed of #Insurgent: member of a side-armed rebellion against a constituted authority hoping to improve conditions. Then, he tried again four years later: walked out

of a Makati RTC hearing; holed himself up, in the nearby Manila Peninsula; then called for the ouster of GMA. His ideals were heartfelt, but history judged him now as a joyrider by his peers, a traitor by his brothers-in-arms, the ostracized one by some cavaliers, and a caricature for a bunch of bugo-bugos, even the general public.

#Integrity is moral soundness; honesty. The once Honor Committee chairman became the quasi-spokesman (after the 'frailties-of-a-woman' madame with two big mouths was detained for drg-related charges) of a beleaguered political party (which he isn't even a member), with an all-unknowing ex-officio stupIdiot, doubtful thief-in-the-night chairman, lackluster officers, tainted and myopic allies, and traditional politicians as members.

The SenatorT, with his understudy, filed a supplemental complaint versus the Philippines, particularly a sitting president


and his officials for a high-fallutin number of EJK at the ICC; primarily using cribbed references from #Crappler plus a host of other news articles spewed by yellow journalism; and two inconsistent witnesses: one a epiphanic diarist-turncoat and the other, a self-confessed murderer.

SenatorT had been on attack mode after the 2016 PiliPinas, regurgitating the same issues as before: bank accounts, drg trade, corruption, etc., but wanted those he accused to provide him the evidences by self-incrimination? Not a lawyer, same as he, but he is a legislator, for Juan's sake, who at least must know laws of the land and the ramifications and logic of his own utterances.

#Loyalty is the act of intellectually or emotionally binding to a course of action; allegiance; commitment; devotion. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

SenatorT is a card-carrying Magdalo but a true-blue Nacionalista? A self declared Independent but stood by TindigPilipinas and 'Pirma o Porma'? A convicted mutineer, pardoned, then 'the anointed one' as backdoor channel negotiator to China? He kept a foreign minister out of the loop;

hoodwinked an ambassador; then walked out of a confrontation with a Senate President while holding on to a yellow President's dilly-dallying words. Dual roles exist in movies and passenger jeeps, but more so in real life?



Ladislas Farago's 'Game of the Foxes' — a tome of espionage and WWII history — might give some clues. Spies live a life of lies, deceit, and betrayal; but by duplicity, patriotism and heroism, too.    Lies and deceit are tools of espionage: Richard Sorge, Kim Philby, Aldrich Ames, Klaus Fuchs, and Christopher Boyce, maybe his role models? Or, he might have emulated their other literary counterparts: James Bond 007, Carlos the Jackal, or Jason Bourne, who lived flamboyant, exciting, but fictional lives. Kith and kin were betrayed by real and fictional spies for the sake of money, power, and information.

SenatorT once used children to disparage a presidential candidate who spurned, or jilted, his vice presidential dream; and even his own, when replying to the #Damnvaxia brouhaha. #Liars don't go to heaven; but are destined for an appropriate place that they have been all their life.


Whatever happened to SenatorT is clearly a paradoxical enigma, or an enigmatic paradox. Why would he repeatedly flaunt his accomplishments in the 15th and 16th Congress (including RA#10912 or CPD Act, which he himself is exempted?), but what laws have he primarily authored in the 17th Congress? Something doesn't add up, isn't it? Resting on your laurels does not define a gentleman, either. Complacency portends obscurity. Most cavaliers and cadexes still hold these values with reverence; some even made them their way of life, a philosophy. The PMA values of Courage, Integrity and Loyalty might still be burning in his heart, if ever he got one. Unfortunately, his actions and his words defy correlation. Crappler, Insurgent, Liar? At least, the initial letters are the same. Might a psychoanalysis help? Will the Filipinos be in a state of shock when the inevitable happens? Only time could tell, but will we just forget SenatorT for a while after June 2019, then fervently hope against hope that he remains silent for the next three years, or until he is newsworthy again?"

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