Former Diplomat R. Tiglao gives, the top 3 reasons why Filipinos hate Trillanes

Former Diplomat R. Tiglao gives, the top 3 reasons why Filipinos hate Trillanes

Much have been said as public opinion about the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes amnesty which was given by former president Benigno Aquino III.

All we have to do is wait for the Supreme Court to properly weigh on the things at hand, being the court of last resort it will have the final say which camp is correct.

Though as a side note every Duterte move or policy that was questioned by the opposition in the Supreme Court- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has won. Not because all the justices of SC are loyal to the president but because by law the President or should we say his lawyer Solicitor General Jose Calida is right.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (photo credit to owner)

Now, comes Antonio Trillanes IV who has inherited the crown for being the most vocal critic of President Duterte, we say inherited because the distinction was once held by detained senator Leila de Lima.

The news broke out that his amnesty was so electric many were happy that finally the master strategist that is Duterte has laid his cards against the attack dog of the Yellows.

Social media was so busy that some have said that the family of the late Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes is so happy and that the Binay family is also elated by the bad news that happen Trillanes.

Manila Times resident veteran columnist former Ambassador Rigoberto D. Tiglao in his column dated (September 7, 2018) titled “Filipinos’ outrage breaks out vs Trillanes, Aquino’s attack dog” explains that why majority of Filipinos are in agreement with what has been given to him by the Duterte. Tiglao explains that Trillanes is an unprincipled attack dog of President Benigno Aquino. And why it seems his colleagues in the Senate are also cold to be with him in this what he personally calls a political persecution by the present administration.

For the whole story and better understanding, clarity, and appreciation we have quoted in full the whole article written by former ambassador Bobby Tiglao for the convenience and knowledge of our reading public.

Filipinos’ outrage breaks out vs Trillanes, Aquino’s attack dog

MILITARY mutineer Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, and his Yellow gangmates, thought that President Duterte’s offensive against him would end up portraying him as a hapless victim and trigger people’s anger against the administration. What is happening is exactly the opposite.

Instead, Duterte’s move to have him thrown in jail for the coup attempts he led in 2003 and 2007—for which he has not admitted guilt—has become the event that would touch off the unleashing of the simmering outrage against the arrogant coup plotter, who was the discredited President Aquino’s most unprincipled attack dog.

Any netizen, or even an ordinary political observer reading social media, would incontrovertibly see the rage against Trillanes, which isn’t quite captured in traditional media. It is even more intense than the anger against Sen. Leila de Lima when she was arrested and thrown in jail, even if she was accused of the dastardly crime of colluding with drug lords. A few examples clearly showing the fury against Trillanes:

A post in CNN Philippines’ wall the other day was a video of Trillanes showing documents he said proved that he was a civilian and therefore cannot be tried by court martial, as Duterte ordered. It had a phenomenal 122,000 views and what I would say was an unprecedented 3,800 comments.

Nearly all of these comments were critical of the senator, even insulting. A few examples:

— “When you harass and embarrass president Duterte and his government, you called it democracy. But when government hits back and files charges against you, you called it political persecution….peste!!!!”

— “Nanira ka ng private and public properties, endangered the public, stolen some items during your little coup, then P-Noy gave you amnesty. That administration is really crazy then.”

— “Stop explaining in the media. Go out of the Senate building, face the police and then explain your side.”

Another CNN Philippines post was a video of Trillanes in an impromptu press conference. It had 173,000 views, and a remarkable 5,800 comments – almost all critical of and even cursing Trillanes. CNN Philippines has not had comments on such a scale, which is rare even on the US CNN’s wall.

This means that thousands of ordinary Filipino netizens took the time to express their anger at Trillanes, many even remembering his arrogance during the coup attempts he led. A few examples:

— “Gago open na nga eyes namin na naloko kami ng yellow. Ulol ka.”

— “It’s the bitter price you have been always longing to happen. Now it looks like you are drinking your own poison a painful karma rather. Face the music and rot in jail.”

— “I can’t wait to see you in jail, Trillanes, you deserve it… this is a call for celebration.”

— “If you kick the tiger’s balls, you better have a plan on how to deal with his teeth.” — Tom Clancy.”

Gone viral is another instance of Filipino humor: ”We are behind you. Laban lang Senator Trillanes. Nasa likod lang ang mga Pilipino at handang itulak ka hangggang sa kulungan.” (We are behind you Senator Trillanes, ready to push you into jail.)

Even his Senate colleagues’ reaction has been largely muted: Nobody there really likes him. They have perhaps learned from Sen. Ralph Recto’s statement made hours after the Duterte order nullifying Trillanes’ amnesty that inanely claimed that since the coup plotter was elected to the Senate twice, then he has been absolved of his “mischief.” After that statement was met with a barrage of insults, one of which pointed out that Recto wasn’t even a lawyer, the senator largely kept quiet on the issue.

I think Trillanes is doomed. While the Senate is a closely knit club, senators are selfish creatures who largely bow to the prevailing political wind, as jailed Sen. de Lima learned to her distress. Since her arrest and incarceration, even Trillanes and the Yellow Bam Aquino have hardly mentioned her in public or in the Senate. (I found it curious though that only two columnists, both from the Philippine Star — ultimately controlled by the Indonesian Anthoni Salim through PLDT — were critical of Duterte’s action, with one calling it a “brazen, half-wit move.”)

The outrage against Trillanes is due to several reasons.

First, he has been attacking a very popular president, Duterte, in ways obviously solely intended to blacken his image, and not to check his government for corruption nor improve its governance. Trillanes’ tirades against Duterte have been unprincipled and shrill, that few Filipinos believe him. Even Liberal Party stalwarts Franklin Drilon and Aquino have been more circumspect in criticizing Duterte. For Filipinos, Trillanes is simply a basagulero, a troublemaker in the Senate.

Second, while Filipinos traditionally admire opposition figures, seeing them as crusaders against a powerful government, Trillanes has been viewed not as a crusader but entirely Aquino’s mercenary, his attack dog. Even if he was with the Nacionalista Party (funded by the tycoon and former senator Villar and therefore not bound to party discipline of the Liberal Party,) he never criticized Aquino nor even any of his officials when the Yellows were in power.

Instead, Trillanes was at the head of lynch mobs Aquino had instigated against Arroyo, Chief Justice Renato Corona, former defense chief Angelo Reyes, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and then vice president Jojo Binay who in 2015 seemed to be the Yellow Cult’s main rival in winning the 2016 presidential elections.

The only Aquino official he went against was Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who refused to recognize his appointment as the president’s special negotiator on the Scarborough Shoal stand-off. Obviously, this is a man who retaliates viciously when his ego is pricked.

‘Ipakukulong kita’!
Duterte’s move to void the amnesty that Aquino had granted Trillanes made clear how the latter president managed to put a collar around Trillanes’ neck for him to do his bidding, other than the allegedly pecuniary reasons that the Yellow oligarchy could very well afford.

Aquino gave him amnesty for the 2003 Oakwood and 2007 Manila Peninsula coup attempt he led even if Trillanes had not admitted his guilt in this crime, contrary to the implementing rules of the 2010 amnesty proclamation

Trillanes application for amnesty cannot be found now. The logical reason is that Aquino hid it to ensure his loyalty. If Trillanes breaks away from him, Aquino could simply make public the application, point out that it didn’t contain his admission of the crime, accuse the defense department’s ad hoc committee that processed the application of inefficiency, and then order — as Duterte has now done — the amnesty voided.

The third reason for the public outrage against Trillanes is the character he has demonstrated in the 11 years since he was elected senator in 2007. In the public’s eyes, he is a narcissist and a megalomaniac, so different from the reserved, and circumspect coup leader Gregorio Honasan. This perception underlies the fact that the term“tililing, filipino slang for “bonkers,” has gained much traction to refer to Trillanes.

He has shown not a hint of humility in his powerful post, has hardly demonstrated a concern for the poor, not even respect for his peers, as demonstrated vividly in his insults against the eldest senator a few years back, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

Trillanes’ biggest flaw has been that of Aquino’s other minions like de Lima and former associate justice Lourdes Sereno: hubris.

Trillanes believes in his heart that he is destined to lead the country. In the only interview I had with him in 2015, I was struck by his confidence when he matter-of-factly said he would be president after his Senate stint. Inconceivable to him was the fact that he became senator not because of his qualifications, but because of the Yellow Cult’s very successful mob against Arroyo which, him being the coup plotter, put him at the head of it. With the defeat the Yellow Cult, and the dissipation of that mob — many now know that they were simply fooled — Trillanes has lost all bases to deserve his Senate post.

What many Filipinos remember of Trillanes is his arrogance during Senate investigations, in which he would characteristically threaten someone: “Ipakukulong kita.” He even audaciously remarked that he would one day throw Duterte himself in jail for unexplained wealth.

He never got to put anybody in jail. It is turning out that soon, it is he who will be thrown in jail.

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  1. I sincerely hope the Makati RTC would issue ASAP the arrest warrant the government lawyers are asking for.

    1. Yes para matigil na ang sira ulo sa senado.

    2. The sooner the better. Enough of this surreal evil minded devil`s advocate very deluded hypocrite species.

  2. Bka pghinuli na,mgpahospital arrest na nman ang siraulo na bakla na yan

  3. Nabuang na na c trillianis, dapat sa kanya sa mental yan ilagay kasama c mongoloid nonoy...

  4. let him rot in jail...para matahimik na ang Pilipinas and PRRD can continue his goor programs/projects for the Philippines and the Filipino people... tama na Trilling! sobara na!

  5. So abnoy is his master and achilles heel. Kawawa ka nman trililing. Nagpagamit ka kasi! Hindi mo na tuloy masusuportahan ang negosyo ng mga relatives mo. Sana di na magtagal ang paghihintay nmin!

  6. trillanes is mentioning the filipino people will go on the street if he will be in jail that is bullshit ..trillanes'what you are thinking is a big opposite..filipinos are happy if they see you in jail with de lima..bec. you have no respect to the think you are a superhero..who'IQ is that you will be in jail sòon..dont hide on the senate..hide in the hispital..for sure your next move.

  7. He is bad omen In Philippine politics ...

  8. Throw him in jail. Lose the key. Pinoys will rejoice. Period.

  9. Please, get him back to jail...all he had are negative aspects.

  10. Trillanes is a stupid senator.He deserve to get back to prison for the rest of his life!

  11. The earlier the better that he would be put to jail for the crime he committed against the Republic of the Philippines.

  12. I hope General Reyes is now happy whereever he is now.Its now time to harvest what you sow ,Trillanes.You deserved whats happening to you now!

  13. Trillanes deserves to be imprisoned. The Filipino people will be happy to see him rot in jail. They are now
    rejoicing for our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will lose another torn in his heart and Filipinos'.

  14. sooner or latter the warrant of arrest for trillanes will serve withuot bail. the masa is eager to see him in jail.

  15. ibalik ang death penalty...first in line si trililing...

  16. I really enjoyed reading this article. Very informative and intellectual. Thanks bossman!

  17. jail him now please...ASAP....he has done nothing good for our country...kumukulo dugo ko sa kanya!

  18. Trillanes is a useless, worthless Senator. The little piece of brain he got is all used to put the President and the country down. Jail is where he belong, not in the Senate.

  19. Your end is near doggy dog ospital ka na ,sira na brain cells mo..duwag na aso😀

  20. Your end is near doggy dog ospital ka na ,sira na brain cells mo..duwag na aso😀

  21. Deretso nan yan sa kulungan

  22. Don't call him an attack dog..He's an atack rat,the biggest vermin..pareho lang sila ng amo nyang si ABNOY,puro walang utak at bayag.biglaan naging duwag ng astang uumbagan sana ni pacman

  23. Ang daming pilipino ang nag aantabay ng coup d etat ni trillanes para malaman niya kung saan na siya pupulutin

  24. Not only top 3, all of the cause nandyan na kay trililing lahat....this person is ANTI URBANIZATION...sobrang desperate ang lokong ito akala mo naman kung sinong magaling eh magaling lang sa pagiging REBELDE...

  25. In virtually every Senate hearings whevotre Trillanes was present, I found him to be "arrogant & deceitful." He always asked for our concurrence by asking us: "di ba?" Now, I must apologize to you all & I'm sorry my friends, I voted for this INSngiOLENT SENATOR TRILLANES, "tukayo ko pa naman & I REGRET, voting for him!!!

  26. to much talk to much mistake yan c teliling...sabagay kunting tiitiis nalng bilang na araw nya sa senado...katakot takot na kaso ang naghihintay...

  27. Trillanes should be court marshLled and killed by firing squad for treason. HE SOLD West Phil. SEA on orders of Ex-pres. PINOY