The Biography of Antonio Trillanes IV in Philippine Senate Website

antonio-trillanes.jpgHere is the official biography of Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV in the website of Senate of the Philippines. There is omission of significant facts though. In the last two paragraph, it does not mention about the role of Trillanes in the 2003 Oakwook mutiny. Why?

The last two paragraphs:

For his meritorious service to his country, Sonny has been awarded a total of 23 assorted merit medals, campaign ribbons and badges.

Finally, during the recent May 14, 2007 mid-term Elections, Sonny successfully launched a nationwide campaign from his prison cell as he ran and won a seat in the Philippine Senate on a shoestring budget. More than 11 million people voted him into office on a strong anti-corruption advocacy.

I propose that following paragraphs must be inserted before the biography mentions his victory during midterm elections.

In 2003, Trillanes ventured into radical adventure. He was one of the junior military officers who lead a group of 321 armed soldiers and took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center serviced apartment tower in Makati City [3] – thus the action is dubbed as Oakwood Mutiny. [third wave]

The mutiny failed. It lasted only 18 hours. The soldiers failed to rally support from the public or the armed forces. All soldiers involved surrendered peacefully and were charged in a general court martial. [third wave]

Full text of Trillanes’ biography:

Antonio Fuentes Trillanes IV, or Sonny to his relatives and friends, was born and raised in Caloocan City. He traces his roots to Ligao, Albay in Bicol where his late father, Antonio Sr., grew up. His mother, Estelita, hails from the province of Capiz.

Sonny is 35 years old; born on August 6, 1971. He is married to the former Arlene G. Orejana with two children namely: Francis Seth and Thea Estelle. Their third child, Alan Andrew, died of an illness while he was just twenty-one days old.

He studied at De La Salle University in Manila where he took up BS ECE from 1987 to 1991.

He formally entered into public service in 1991 as a cadet in the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated Cum Laude in 1995, while earning a degree in BS Naval System Engineering. Other awards he received while in PMA are the Mathematics Plaque, Physical Science Plaque, and the Tambuli Award for electrical/electronics engineering.

In 2002, Sonny took up graduate studies at the University of the Philippines and got his masters degree in Public Administration major in Public Policy and Program Management. For the duration of the masteral program, he received two University Scholar Awards for obtaining two semestral GPAs of 1.0 to 1.25 and a College Scholar Award for obtaining a semestral GPA of 1.25 to 1.50.

After graduating from PMA, Sonny went through all shipboard assignments starting from Mess & Supply Officer; Deck & Gunnery Officer; Engineering & Damage Control Officer; Executive Officer; and, ultimately as Acting Commanding Officer of a patrol gunboat.

During his five-year sea duty experience, his unit apprehended dozens of smugglers, illegal loggers, poachers, human smugglers and illegal fishermen in numerous maritime law enforcement operations conducted in the waters off Batanes, Ilocos, Cagayan, Isabela, Zambales, Scarborough, Quezon, Bicol, Palawan, Mindoro, Romblon, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Davao and Maguindanao.

Other shore positions he held were: Administrative/Personnel Officer of Philippine Fleet Patrol Force; and Procurement Officer/Instructor, Naval Education & Training Command.

Among the highlights of his military profession, was the daring search and rescue operation for the survivors of the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Orient at the height of a super typhoon in 1998. For this act of risking their own lives in the fulfillment of their duty, Sonny and his unit managed to rescue thirty-two (32) survivors.

He was also involved in numerous naval operations in support of ground operations directed against the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements.

As procurement officer of the Naval Training and Education Command, Philippine Navy, Sonny reformed the procurement system, which resulted to the accumulated savings of more than four million pesos in favor of the government.

He has participated in 22 naval exercises conducted with local and foreign navies.

For his meritorious service to his country, Sonny has been awarded a total of 23 assorted merit medals, campaign ribbons and badges.

Finally, during the recent May 14, 2007 mid-term Elections, Sonny successfully launched a nationwide campaign from his prison cell as he ran and won a seat in the Philippine Senate on a shoestring budget. More than 11 million people voted him into office on a strong anti-corruption advocacy.

I can’t understand why they need to omit some facts. Is this to portray Trillanes as hero?

Source: Biography of Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV
Photo Credit: Senate of the Philippines, 14th Congress

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14 thoughts on “The Biography of Antonio Trillanes IV in Philippine Senate Website

  1. hmmmm, nice article to start with…

    i think, the one who wrote trillanes’ biography believes that we already know the most recent facts ’bout him so it’s needless to write those sickening words. while we only pay attention to the dark side of one’s being, the writer wants to tell us what trillanes had done to his country and his countrymen before he ventures to his radical views. ladies and gents, tell me how many of us know these facts (his bio) before it was scattered on the world wide web?

    during their first stand-off in oakwood, i admit i cursed this guy. i thought GMA (bumaba ka na jan!) is really different from the previous leaders but now i’m convinced that she is nothing but an ill-repute woman… the over-priced North Rail Project, NBN scandal, bribery on the palace and all that…. name it………. this woman is a shame… and why should i judge trillanes for what he stands for? i don’t believe he did it for selfish reasons at all… do you?

    trillanes showed me that in order to fight the power, we need the power to fight… saon, dawat limpyo ra man sad ta gud… we all have the time to bicker and complain but we only find ourselves murmuring in fighting for our democracy..

    step down mam, please.. utang buot…. :)

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.

    With humility, I stand that writer must not assume. While I respect the stand of Trillianes, I see on little values on what he stand for. Radical movement rots our society.

  2. and i don’t think that post in philippine senate website is to portray trillanes as a hero but to portray the oppressed man who is just exercising his rights, as a citizen of this country, to preserve our democracy. if i only have the power as he has, i’d definitely spend my life in cell together with this man…

    ingon man gud sila bai, “it’s an honor to die in war than to die in one’s hiding place.” hehehehehehe

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.

    Well taken. Your quote it’s an honor to die in war than to die in one’s hiding place is worth to ponder upon.

  3. Trillanes is a very intelligent person. He has the ability to come up with better ideas to topple the government. Unfortunately, his age and his prowess in linking connections is still weak. He has the proper agenda in all that he does but the timing is the problem. I admire him for his courage and boldness in defending his ideas. He is always judged outright but I think we should search deeper into his motives. He is also very peaceful in his ways because blood does not need to spill out in his movements. Nowadays, with all that is happening, I think Trillanes’ stand is getting clearer and clearer. I hope that someday, we will all be enlightened with the truth. The biography of Trillanes does not imply him as a hero. We cannot change the facts and the truth that he is more than a man and a soldier, he is a senator with the quest to show the truth to the Filipino people.

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you.

    I pray that Trillanes forget about what you’ve said as “better ideas to topple the government”. It sounds too radical. Well taken, I agree that many find the Trillanes biography in Philippine Senate website does not imply him as hero. There are conflicting views on this though. And my last prayer is for Trillanes to show us the truth. What truth could that be.

  4. I will vote him for 2010 Presidential election!

    batang buotan says:
    Thank you. I’m happy to hear that. That is your basic right as Filipino.

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  6. GO TRILLANES GO 2010, Courage is a virtue not all wise men have…SO let’s go for Trillanes who has the courage to fight for the Filipino people.

  7. It’s always good to hear about the other side of a story. This is done in the spirit of fairness and objectivity. However, in certain cases (like Sen. Trillanes’ biography, for example), it may not be necessary. This is because the issue is too controversial and instigates too much clashing of opinions that it might sacrifice the coherence of the article. The job of any biography is to inform the reader about things regarding the subject that he may not already know. If the writer starts talking about the obvious reasons why Sen. Trillanes is so popular, it will not only pose a risk of disagreement with some readers, but also ultimately defeat the article’s purpose.

    Honestly, I think the writer was just trying to make his job less tedious than it actually could be. He’s also trying to make the article more informative to everyone who reads it.

  8. you will be the next president of the philippines.you will win just like obama did from the grassroots.People believe in your principle and you are one of us you are a true filipino citizen who cares for our country and its people

  9. good afternoon senator trillanes i hope your in good healht, kamusta po kyo hanga po ako sa inyo bilang young military officer and young senetor firstime ko po buksan ang website nyo, sana po ay maka daupang palad ko kayo at maging kaibigan balang araw, sana sa mga magagandang balak nyo sa bansa natin ay matulungan ko kyo, kahit sa man power lang, dahil mahirap lang po ako,yan lang po ang kya ko ma i oper sa inyo.goodluck po sa in nyo, at pag naka laya nkyo makapunta ako sa opisina nyo soon tnx po and good speed!!!!!!!!!!! mabuhay ka senator pd nyo po ako makontak sa 09174405671 phatwall entertainment

  10. mabuhay po kau SEN.TRILLANES,,,kung sa tingin nyo po sya ay bayani…bakit hindi? sya ang dapat tularan,,wala nang mas hihigit pa ang magsakripisyo sa sarili para lang sa katahimikan ng ating bayan,,,,,GODBLESS MR.PRESIDENT,,,sooon..

  11. Ang mga nambabatikos sakanya agad agad I must say ay mga narrow minded. Tama kayo, we should ,look and search deeper into his motives. At least sya tumayo at lumaban para sa karapatan(and mind you,not his but the peoples’), eh yung mga nambabatikos sakanya nakaupo lang at nanonood kung ano ang susunod na pangyayari. Well, unnecessary naman i detalye ang standoffs nya sa article na yun eh, pero kahit ilagay pa yon confident parin kaming supporters nya, not only that but, we’ll always be proud of him. He’s the modern Bonifacio! God bless him.

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