It must be ‘senator’ Antonio Trillanes IV’s lucky day. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president Toby Tiangco is not too keen on seeing a debate between Trillanes and Vice President Jejomar Binay. So the convicted mutineer turned ‘senator’ may have been given a much-needed pass on what could have been for him an utterly humiliating circus. Trillanes, we recall, had been bugging the Vice President about allegations of corruption. So Binay then challenged Trillanes to a one-on-one debate. Funny enough Trillanes, a rather inarticulate and clumsy public speaker, accepted the challenge.
Indeed, Trillanes got one thing right, about himself…
“[Binay] is a 30-year veteran in politics, and he is a human right[s] lawyer who’s presumed to be a master in argumentation and debate. On the other hand, I am a soldier who gives and receives orders.”
“Gives and receives orders.” Other than winning an election, giving and receiving orders hardly qualifies Trillanes to be a senator. Last I recall, being a member of Congress involves lots of thinking and lots of debate owing to the job at hand: crafting laws — which brings us to wondering what value exactly does Trillanes add to the Senate given that he, by his own admission, is no more than a monkey-see-monkey-do sort of guy.
Indeed, quite interesting how Trillanes who’s been a “senator” for some years now suddenly finds it convenient to now present himself as a “soldier” perhaps in recognising that there is no way he could beat a seasoned statesman like Binay while wearing a “senator” hat. For that matter, is Trillanes even that “soldier” he claims to be? He himself said so. Soldiers follow orders. As such he wasn’t really being a very soldierly soldier back in the 2000s when he committed treason (and ordered his comrades to do the same) against the Philippine government and risked thousands of civilian Filipino lives while he and his boys were at it.
And, by the way, what exactly is the legislative agenda of Trillanes’s “probe” into Binay’s financial affairs? Blue Ribbon Committee resources are supposed to be applied only in the aid of legislation. Perhaps that is what Trillanes fears — that he will be asked to articulate exactly what the objective of this probe with regard to the guidelines related to the use of congressional resources.
If there was a crime then it should be investigated. Trillanes claims he’s got lots of evidence to support the accusations he is fielding against Binay. So then he should, at some point, file charges against Binay with the proper authorities. When exactly does Trillanes plan to do that? Nobody knows. The mystery simply deepens…
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