Trillanes Lists Dutertes Sixteen Acts of Betrayal

After we thought former Senator Antonio Trillanes had faded away, it seems he has had a resurgence and is now mouthing off against the Dutertes on full volume.

Just yesterday or the day before, he came out on X/Twitter to list down what he claims are acts of betrayal perpetrated by former president Rodrigo Duterte.

At the end of this list, he took a swipe at Vice President Inday Sara Duterte by posting an old video of her speaking in Chinese — seemingly greeting Chinese president Xi Jinping on some occasion.

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I’ve translated the x/tweet and expanded on each point, please read below:

1. Set aside the Arbitral Tribunal ruling:
One of the most significant betrayals, according to Trillanes, was Duterte’s decision to set aside the Arbitral Tribunal ruling on the South China Sea dispute. The ruling, which favored the Philippines, was seen as a significant victory for the country. However, Duterte’s decision to downplay the ruling and pursue closer ties with China raised concerns about his commitment to defending national interests.

2. Stopped the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA):
The termination of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) was seen by Trillanes as a betrayal of the country’s security interests. The agreement allowed for increased military cooperation between the Philippines and the United States, which was seen as crucial in deterring potential threats in the region.

3. Terminated the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) (2020-2021):
The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States was another decision that raised eyebrows. The VFA provided a legal framework for U.S. forces to operate in the Philippines and was seen as a crucial element of the country’s defense strategy. Trillanes argues that terminating the agreement weakened the country’s defense capabilities and undermined its relationship with its long-standing ally.

4. Allowed the entry of hundreds of thousands of Chinese POGO workers, which may have led to the entry of Chinese soldiers:
The entry of Chinese POGO workers in large numbers has been a contentious issue in recent years. Trillanes believes that allowing their entry without proper scrutiny may have inadvertently allowed Chinese soldiers to enter the country. This raises concerns about national security and the potential infiltration of foreign military elements.

5. Allowed the entry of the Chinese Telecommunications Company (DITO):
The entry of the Chinese telecommunications company, DITO, has also been a subject of concern. Trillanes argues that allowing a Chinese company to operate critical telecommunications infrastructure raises questions about data security and potential espionage activities.

6. Chose and received kickbacks from Sinovac despite it being the least effective vaccine:
Trillanes accuses Duterte of choosing and receiving kickbacks from Sinovac, a Chinese vaccine manufacturer, despite it being considered one of the least effective vaccines available. This raises concerns about the transparency and integrity of the government’s vaccine procurement process.

7. Allowed the construction of Chinese cell towers within AFP bases:
The construction of Chinese cell towers within Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bases is seen as a potential security risk. Trillanes argues that allowing Chinese companies to build critical infrastructure within military installations compromises national security and could potentially facilitate espionage activities.

8. Sent AFP officers for military training in China:
Sending AFP officers for military training in China raised concerns about the influence China could exert over the Philippine military. Trillanes argues that such training programs could compromise the loyalty and independence of the armed forces.

9. Purchased military equipment from China:
Trillanes believes that purchasing military equipment from China compromises national security. There are concerns about the reliability and interoperability of Chinese-made equipment, as well as potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by China in case of a conflict.

10. Insulted the European Union:
Duterte’s derogatory remarks towards the European Union (EU) have strained diplomatic relations. Trillanes argues that insulting a key trading partner and ally undermines the country’s international standing and economic interests.

11. Stated intentions to form alliances with Russia and China:
Trillanes criticizes Duterte’s stated intentions to form alliances with Russia and China, as it raises concerns about the country’s alignment and potential shift away from traditional allies. This shift could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s security and economic interests.

12. Declared separation from the US and alignment with China:
Duterte’s declaration of separation from the United States and alignment with China has been a controversial move. Trillanes argues that such a shift in foreign policy could have long-term consequences for the country’s security and economic well-being.

13. Merged the Chinese Communist Party and the PDP-Laban:
The alleged merging of the Chinese Communist Party and the PDP-Laban, Duterte’s political party, raises concerns about foreign interference in the country’s political landscape. Trillanes argues that such a merger compromises the country’s democratic institutions and sovereignty.

14. During the onset of the Covid pandemic, Duterte did not implement an immediate lockdown to avoid offending China:
Trillanes accuses Duterte of failing to implement an immediate lockdown during the onset of the Covid pandemic to avoid offending China. This decision, according to Trillanes, compromised public health and safety in favor of maintaining friendly relations with China.

15. Appealed to make the Philippines a province of China:
Duterte’s appeal to make the Philippines a province of China, even if made in jest, raised concerns about his commitment to defending the country’s sovereignty. Trillanes argues that such statements undermine the country’s national interests and erode public trust in the government.

16. Insulted US President Obama:
Trillanes points out Duterte’s insulting remarks towards former US President Barack Obama, which strained diplomatic relations between the two countries. Such insults, according to Trillanes, undermine the country’s international standing and damage its alliances.

Former Senator Sonny Trillanes’ list of alleged betrayals by former President Rodrigo Duterte raises valid concerns about the country’s sovereignty, security, and international relations. Each point on the list, when examined critically, highlights potential compromises in national interests and the need for accountability and transparency in governance. It is essential for the Filipino people to remain vigilant and hold their leaders accountable for their actions to ensure the protection of the nation’s interests.

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