Senator Trillanes to Senator Enrile: Hasta la vista, baby!

The Bourne Legacy director Tony Gilroy reportedly said that he decided to shoot his movie in Manila because it felt so “Bourne”-ish. In his own words he said that the city is “just so colorful and ugly and gritty and raw and stinky and crowded.” The director was spot-on in describing what his naked eyes saw while he was here. What he didn’t see would have made him shake his head in disbelief. Judging from the latest controversy involving our public servants, what goes on behind closed doors inside of our government buildings would make any Hollywood plot pale in comparison.

Apparently, the current government has more secrets than any man or woman in the country can handle in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the storyline that is unfolding before our eyes could not even be considered “Bourne-ish” because the script for the real time suspense/thriller seems to have been written by a third-rate scriptwriter, directed by a fourth-rate director and with the roles performed by fifth-rate actors. Indeed, if the scriptwriter for this latest noontime show had any foresight at all, he would have predicted what the actors were going to do next and how the story would end. Unfortunately, none of the participants can expect anyone to play their part well in this part of the globe.

Among our public officials, one can’t be too sure who is directing and who is just following instructions. In the Senate, it would seem that it was Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who acted as the “Godfather”. During the impeachment trial of former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona, many thought that he appeared to have steered the majority of the senator-judges onto the path of voting for “conviction”. This was evident in his line of questioning during the trial and his reported “dinner” with some of the junior senators held at Senator Loren Legarda’s house the day before they handed out their ruling against Corona.

Suffice to say, in general, most of the members of Congress deferred to the elderly Senator in more ways than one. However, that privilege seems to be coming to an end for Enrile. Yes, a first time senator, some would even say, a rookie is taking on the elder statesman and has reportedly admitted to trying to topple the seasoned politician from his throne:

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV confirmed on Thursday that he was behind the ouster move against Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile.

“Yes and I haven’t stopped working and hoping for it,” Trillanes told INQUIRER.net in a text message.

“He has lost his moral authority to lead the Senate when he continued to collaborate with GMA,” he said, referring to former President and now Pampanga Representative Glora Macapagal-Arroyo.

I can imagine that Trillanes’s admission above must have been disappointing for Enrile, to say the least. When he branded Trillanes a “coward”, “fraud” and a “fifth columnist”, it must have been in reference to the fact that the convicted mutineer was being ungrateful for what Enrile did for him while he was in prison. Yes, Enrile was visibly upset for being sidelined by Trillanes. He was surprised by Trillanes’s assumed role as a secret envoy for China but what could be annoying him more was Trillanes’s lack of “utang na loob” (“debt of gratitude”). It turns out it was Enrile who “went out of his way” to talk to people to convince them to free Trillanes from incarceration so he can join them in their sessions in the senate. I’ve always wondered who orchestrated Trillanes’s release from prison. It could not have been President BS Aquino’s idea. Obviously, the latter would not have been able to come up with such a scheme on his own.

Having played a key role in the first People Power revolution that toppled his former boss and mentor, former President Ferdinand Marcos, Enrile must have felt sorry for Trillanes for being locked up because Enrile himself escaped jail after mounting a coup d’etat more than once and is even hailed as a “hero” by some circles in Philippine society. But now Enrile must be kicking himself for unleashing what seems like the makings of a monster. If only he had the foresight to realize that Trillanes’s behavior in the past — his seemingly arrogant and unrelenting ways — were all signs indicating what an eager-beaver he really is. Trillanes’s rebellious ways almost a decade ago was a good indication that he couldn’t wait to be the one calling the shots one day.

As if acting like a know-it-all actor, Trillanes appears to have taken the script written for him by Enrile and dumped it in the waste bin. And Trillanes has likely written his own script and taken it straight to the film producers in Malacañang for approval. All he needed was the go-signal from the top and off he goes — to hell with the rest of the cast and crew.

It’s not really clear who asked who but both Trillanes and Malacañang spokespersons were giving conflicting statements regarding Trillanes’s new role. On one hand, a news report says that it wasn’t President BS Aquino’s idea but was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa’s to use the former rebel soldier as peace negotiator for China. The report claimed that Ochoa asked Trillanes to use the back door to China “in one of their conversations sometime in May this year” as opposed to Ambassador Sonia Brady’s report saying that Trillanes was the one who volunteered to become the “direct channel” between China and Malacañang.

Trillanes cannot even stop himself from boasting about what he has achieved so far. He claims to have averted a war and “boasted that he was able to make 40 Chinese ships leave Panatag Shoal”. That is quite a remarkable feat for someone who does not even want to reveal the details of his negotiations with China.

Meanwhile, it seems it is not enough for Trillanes to brag about his so-called “achievements” in the Philippine-China dispute. He just has to go on and act defensive after he got found out for acting like a special agent. He accused the Americans of getting involved in the conflict and accused Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario of committing treason. He claims that del Rosario is just looking out for the interests of his long-time friend, businessman Manny Pangilinan who also has a stake in the disputed waters around Scarborough shoal. The details of his involvement are still sketchy and pure speculation at this point, of course.

The bottom-line is, Trillanes seems to be doing a bad job at trying to undermine everyone else in order to look good. Maybe the making and shooting of the latest installation of the Bourne series in Manila has inspired Trillanes to be some kind of rogue agent like Jason Bourne. He seriously needs some acting lessons though.

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itchyBb
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This government is filled with arrogant, idiotic, non-qualified amd mediocre politicians. They ain’t got the right logic to do the job.
As the old cliche goes, kung ang kontinente nga naaagaw, asawa pa kaya. In this case, the country has been sold.

Kikiam
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This “senator” has betrayed this country for the last time. Why do people even think of voting for a known traitor? I hope somebody finally decides to file a case against this honorless b*stard so he can rot in jail.
By the way, is that libel?

Noel Carpio
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People who actually “rock the boat” are not always on the wrong side. Trillanes has a point – Why do we honor somebody like Senator Enrile when he can “dance” with just anybody in politics? What kind of confidence level can anybody derive when a person seems to be the color of the a friend and an enemy? On the other hand, Trillanes remains consistent. In this article, he has been his rebellious self until now. Why? Maybe he wants change – which he fought for from the time he was still Captain. If anybody in this country will say… Read more »
nil jawa-a dagoy
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and you believe what trillanes said? coming from a navy group that has not proven themselves in at least 1 battle and a very good show off during the oakwood mutiny whose main purpose is to protect his relative thieves in the afp commissary bidding. so this is what his voters got. a modern day “MAKAPILI”

Der Fuhrer
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I found this AFP presentation on the magdalo-red communist alliance. Mr. Trillanes was then a leader of the magdalo. To this day, the formal written alliance between the magdalo and the CPP-NPA has not been rescinded.

Please see the link below…

pcij.org/blog/wp-docs/afp-presentation.pdf

upnngrad
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Trillanes is acting on behalf of Presi-Noynoy, isn’t that what’s the case these days?

Hyden Toro
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Trillanes want to be the Hero of the show. Ordering the Chinese for their warships to leave? I don’t believe, he can do that. The Chinese are very good negotiators. What has Trillanes can offer, in return for the Chinese to leave the Philippine territories? Simple, he ceded the Philippine territories, for a few export of bananas. Now, the Chinese must be laughing, because, we have a CLOWN, as a negotiator. Who think himself , as a wise person…Trillanes has not even an experience, education and knowledge in international diplomacy. And, he is appointed by Aquino as a backdoor negotiator.… Read more »
Mrs.Nena San Jose
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Funny that all these present conflicts at the senate started with that evil creature Gloria Arroyo. Salot talaga ng bayan. Dapat talaga dyan silya elektrika

jona-s
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“Yes, Enrile was visibly upset for being sidelined by Trillanes. He was surprised by Trillanes’s assumed role as a secret envoy for China but what could be annoying him more was Trillanes’s lack of “utang na loob.” “…it must have been in reference to the fact that the convicted mutineer was being ungrateful for what Enrile did for him while he was in prison.” “But now Enrile must be kicking himself for unleashing what seems like the makings of a monster.” With how treacherously he undermined and turned against Marcos that caused the latter’s downfall, Enrile should be the last… Read more »
libertas
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in one corner you have enrile, rosario and his ex-boss manny pangilinan who are all driven by self interest not the countrys, and in the other corner p-noy who trusts none of them, no longer rosario, and trillanes who presumably p-noy thinks he can trust despite his naivete.
all in all a monumental mess
its all about the oil money, manny

libertas
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philippines military strategy
confuse or amuse the enemy
better to surrender now and stick to computer games and target shooting than the real world

Domingo Arong
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Ilda

It was the Chinese after all. Read the Latest from GMA news (September 21, 2012 12:24pm):

“PNoy says China picked Trillanes as backchannel negotiator”

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/274999/news/nation/pnoy-says-china-picked-trillanes-as-backchannel-negotiator

Jetlag807
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Good article Ilda! Nice to see you are now “coming into your own”… This entire episode has been a great source of comic relief for me and my kids (as are most of the actions of this Student Government). Just when I thought it couldn’t get more ridiculous, a failed Navy officer/failed rebellion leader/failed coup plotter/ex convict being “chosen” to hold talks with China, the Palace hits me baby one more time! Now, P-Nut is claiming that it was the Chinese who “requested” the failed Navy officer/failed rebellion leader/failed coup plotter/ex convict to come over and talk… This country and… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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“Maybe the making and shooting of the latest installation of the Bourne series in Manila has inspired Trillanes to be some kind of rogue agent like Jason Bourne.”

1. Mr. Trillanes has absolutely no diplomatic schooling, no diplomatic experience and certainly no diplomatic credentials.

2. His familiarity with Diplomatic/International Laws, Chinese protocol, culture and conduct of diplomatic affairs is non-existent.

3. His dossier is not exceptional to say the least. He is not a trained operator.

Secret diplomat/agent of the state? LOL!!! His handler must be Johnny English.

Make mine a fifth of Stolichnaya Vodka chilled. Cheers!

ChinoF
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And obviously, they’re all making a sham of their negotiation efforts. It’s so obvious. If Brady were to speak up, its likely that both Trilly and his “boss” will be in hot water.

Der Fuhrer
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More comments on Mr. Trillanes and the dangerous games he likes to play… His handler might kick his butt soon. Trillanes(through his magdalo) was seen as playing games with homegrown reds in recent history. At present, he is now playing games with the red Chinese. Is there a pattern in connecting the dots?

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2012/09/21/trillanes-bad-hair-day/

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2012/09/21/playing-a-dangerous-game/

Der Fuhrer
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Yes Santa! James Bond, Matt Helm and the Zohan really exists in spy world! So does moles, double agents and agents provocateur. Is there an emerging pattern recognition and connecting the dots?

http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/commentary/editorial/item/4598-the-plot-thickens

Der Fuhrer
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Here is a copy of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

I was trying to find out if the conduct of so-called backwater unofficial diplomatic talks contradicts this convention. Feel free to browse the link…

untreaty.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/conventions/9_1_1961.pdf

Der Fuhrer
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“JPE: Chinese intel officers aided Trillanes in Beijing.”

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=852133&publicationSubCategoryId=63