“The reluctant hero”


Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, formally entered into public service as a cadet in in the Philippine Military where he graduated Cum Laude in 1995.

In 2002, Trillanes took up his graduate studies in the National College of Public Administration and Governance at UP-Diliman, and got his master’s degree in Public Administration, Major in Public Policy and Program Management. For the duration of the mater’s program, he received two University Scholar Awards for obtaining two semestral QPA’s of 1.0 to 1.25 and a College Scholar Award for obtaining a semestral QPA of 1.25 to 1.50.

Trillanes was known for leading the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny when he and some 300 junior officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines took over the Oakwood towers in Makati City as protest for alleged rampant corruption in the Philippine Government in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was detained for almost seven and a half years.

Trillanes eventually lost the 2016 vice presidential race to Liberal Party Candidate Leni Robredo.

Before the 2016 election, he alleged that Former Davao City and incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte had an account in the Julia Vargas branch of BPI (allegedly Php 211 M).

Likewise President Duterte, alleges that Trillanes closed his accounts in DBS Bank days before going to Singapore and then showed that there were no such accounts. This became a source of polemics in social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

After a year and some months, Trillanes has become a rival of Duterte. Duterte’s common law wife, Honeylet Avancena, defended Duterte against Trillanes’ controversies.

On February 13, 2018, Trillanes was declared as persona non grata by Davao City Officials.

Trillanes filed his certificate of candidacy on February 7, 2007, to run as an independent senatorial candidate despite being detained for complicity in a failed coup d’etat. Later, he accepted an invitation from the Genuine Opposition party (GO) as one of its guest candidates against the Arroyo administration. He campaigned successfully while in jail, through the social networking site, Friendster. He made a history for being the first Philippine Senator to be elected while in jail when more than 11 million people voted him into office.

On December 20, 2010, Trillanes was given provisional freedom pending the recognition of the court’s amnesty declaration of President Benigno Aquino III. Under proclamation 75, President Benigno Aquino III granted amnesty to Trillanes and other military personnel who participated in the coup d’ etats. He was able for the first time to enter the Senate and perform his duties as a senator.

After formalizing his re-election bid in October 2012, Trillanes filed his certificate of candidacy for 2013 elections at the Commission on Elections main office in Manila and was ranked ninth out of the 12 winning senators. Trillanes was proclaimed senatorelect on May 20, 2013 by the COMELEC, being reelected by P14,127,722 Filipinos.

Because of the criticism made by Antonio F. Trillanes IV as Senator of the Philippines, he is now subjected to possible imprisonment, by issuing Executive Proclamation 572, which nullify the Amnesty given to Antonio Trillanes IV together with the hundreds of fellow mutineers. But the order for his arrest was later on clarified by Pres. Duterte to apply only to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and not to other mutineers on the allegation that the Amnesty given by previous President Noynoy Aquino and availed of by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, was null and void ab initio, or void from the beginning. Under the Constitution, “No warrant of arrest can be issued except upon probable cause to be determined personally by the judge upon examination under oath of the complainant and the witnesses he may produce. Thus, President Duterte has no choice but to apply for a warrant of arrest. Reluctantly, Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV has become a hero because President Duterte, unknowingly, made him one.