In the up-coming election it is 12 seats up for grabs and the 12 who gets the most votes in the Republic becomes a senator. That will be a hard race, as it is over 120 candidates. Therefore, I will not look into all of them. In this list, I will look into the ones who I hope for.
The first one I hope gets to return to the Senate is Antonio Fuentes Trillanes IV of the Liberal Party. He has been a voice of reason. What is striking is that he has dared to challenge Duterte and the ones in power. Even when everything around was burning. When the state was starting to look into his past and the mutiny he was participating in.Trillanes can again regain his seat in the Senate and possibly challenge the tasks ahead. His not afraid or lacking the character to be there. That’s why I hope he returns there .
The second one I hope gets in is Elmer Labog “Bong”, the Chairperson of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement). Who runs on the first ticket for Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan). We know he has fought the fight for the rights of workers and hope he will continue to do that in the Senate. Just like he stated last year about the 13th Month Pay: ““This is our triumph for being one in letting our voices be heard. Despite the attempt to ignore our rights, we fought for our 13th-month pay. Mabuhay ang mga manggagawa! (Long live the workers!)” Elmer Labog, chairperson of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said in a statement” (Ferdinand Patinio – ‘DOLE move to enforce 13th-month pay law, a ‘victory’ for workers’ 15.10.2020, Philippine News Agency). So, I hope he does the same and never forget this fight.
The third one I hope gets a senate seat is Jejomar Binay “Jojo”, the former Vice-President. Yes, his ageing, but his experience and knowledge of law would be refreshing. He served for 21 years as the Makati Mayor. This campaign his part of alliance with “Tito” Sotto and “Ping” Lacson. It would be interesting to see his return. Clearly, the whole ticket is filled with experience from President, VP to the Senate.
The fourth one I hope gets a senate is Nelson Ancajas “Dodong”, a street-vendor who has lost a child early, because he couldn’t afford health-care and is afraid to lose second child. On the stage when he was a certified candidate. He said: “As a parent, I will do everything for my child. I am an ordinary Filipino who wants my child to live. I can’t expect anything from this government. I am hardworking, diligent, and finished school. But it’s still difficult to rise from poverty” (October 2021). A man that seen this and felt the pain of losing his own. He will be strong and able to fight for other in the situation. Better than anyone who only reads about those things in a statistic or a book. He knows the plights of the streets and the hardships of life. That’s why I hope a guy like him gets a chance. Though he doesn’t have a name or recognition. Therefore, most likely he will not succeed.
The fifth on I hope gets into the senate is Greco Antonious Beda Banta Belgica or Greco Belgica. His senatorial ticket is for Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS). Since 2018 he was appointed as Commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) under the Office of the President of the Philippines. Some has called him a loose cannon and such. However, he has been effective and campaigns has worked. It is not perfect, but neither is the system has been operating in. This is a man with time and ability ahead of him. That’s why I hope for candidates like him.
These was my first 5 picks of the over 120 candidates to pick from. There is a lot of legacy tickets, dynasties sending their senators, which are more likely to get in. As it is a costly enterprise to run for the Senate. Still, some of the other has to have a shot. Time will tell, if any of these will get there. The only one that has a real shot here is Trillanes. Peace.
We are now seeing the consequences of the financial budget of 20th December 2019 in the United States. Which there was some stipulations, where the United States and the Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will sanction officials connected in the their deemed “illegal” arrest of Senator De Lima.
There is no official stance nor anyone listed in the Philippines, as this is just one statute and one promise. As the Department of State have to prove evidence and be able to connect the dots of the arrest and the charges put on the hostile President Rodrigo Duterte critic, Senator Leila De Lima. With that in mind, it didn’t take long before President Duterte retaliated against the U.S. and the ones sponsoring this sort accusation.
Now we know the deal and it is a reality. The President has already restricted Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Partick Learhy and the third Sen. Edward Markey. These are the authors of the amendment, which states this about the Philippines.
Clear as the message sends, the Philippines doesn’t accept being a whipping-boy or one whose getting humiliated by the United States. As they are already on the daily basis now doing human rights violations on their borders, detaining kids, separating kids and toddlers from their parents and not even having hospital conditions for the refugees and asylum-seekers. So in this regard, as there are thousands of lives in jeopardy on the Southern Border of the United States. Maybe, the Senators in the U.S. should focus on them for a minute.
In regards to De Lima, she is most likely in jail because she’s defying the President and got into legal trouble because of that. Just like former Senator Antonio Trilanes too. All who dares to defy to a certain amount of level gets into trouble. One way or another.
What I do like about this, is that the Filipino administration dares to retaliate. Even if it is to opposition Senators in the United States. It would have been more provoking, if the Filipino went after Republicans and the others who voted it in. As the Senate needs Republican support to get it through. Even if this is just one mere amendment.
The U.S. likes to have the upper-hand and expect everyone just to bow down. I like the touch of returning of the favour. Even if it amounts to nothing. Not like Durbin, Learhy or Markey have any investments, anything substantial to gain from the Filipino republic. Still, the sentiment I like. Because, it shows pride and courage of their sovereign state.
While the U.S. are allowed to this, use their legal framework to sanction people. But when they dare another sovereign. Expect to be retaliate against. Not just begging and kneeling underlings asking for mercy. That will not happen from this administration and certainly not from Duterte.
What I really wonder about: Is this really worth it all? Even for criminal injustice? The reality is that the men amending the law in the U.S. doesn’t change the charge nor the incarceration of De Lima. Only amplifying the Filipino to be more hostile. If they wanted legal justice for her, they should maybe have used more diplomatic means. Than, using the sanctions this way.
I might think the charges on De Lima is wrong, but the outcome of using your means this way. Will not do anything constructive. Especially, knowing the administration your dealing with. It is like these naive Yankees didn’t know. Yankee Doodle Ho. Peace.
“Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.” – Immanuel Kant
Well, today there was justified victory in the Makati Court Branch 148, where Judge Andres Soriano judged in favor of Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes. With his running legal jeopardy after the President Rodrigo Duterte revoked his Amnesty. This has been on-going and with a lot of side-steps. Where the government have really pursuit Trillanes. While he has stood strong and hasn’t given way.
Today at the Court, the judge even in his ruling said it wasn’t Trillanes fault for lacking evidence of the amnesty and forms of guilty plea, as the reason has been for the revocation. As by the paperwork in the case of Trillanes, there are other authorities who has certified it and accepted. As well, as there was no opposition to the Amnesty within the limited time of questioning it. Therefore, the Court Ordered it unjust.
To top it off, the judge also order the Hold Departure Order, saying he was not a flight risk and someone who would go into exile to escape prison-time. Plus also stopping the Department of Justice Warrant of Arrest on him. Therefore, totally vindicating Trillanes.
We know this is not over as Prince Golez reports:
“The Palace respects the constitutional independence of the Judiciary and it will continue to do so. As we have said, the Executive Branch has and will always bow down to the majesty of the law, and it will not think twice in doing the same for this particular case. Compared to those personalities in the opposition, we will not unfairly appeal to the pity of the public but will address this matter head on in the proper forum,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said” (Prince Golez – ‘No hurt feelings? Palace respects dismissal of plea for Trillanes’ arrest’ 22.10.2018 link: http://politics.com.ph/no-hurt-feelings-palace-respects-dismissal-of-plea-for-trillanes-arrest/).
Therefore, Malacañang and the President is yet not done with him. Even if the Courts are vindicating him and his certification of the amnesty documents. This is vital, as the critics of the revocation and making the amnesty “null and void” in the first place. As this wouldn’t be an issue, unless this was a political hit-job. If the Malacañang continues to pursuit legal means and tries to figure other ways to fight Trillanes, than they are just showing how they are belittling their opponents and not how they are listening to their grievances. Because they go straight to the trenches and throw grenades, instead of reasoning the differences out. That is crystal-clear from afar.
This has clearly been motives behind it and the President has tried to distance himself. However, he is the one that threw the Senator into legal jeopardy and he has to answer for the deed in the end. Why he did the Presidential Order and what reasoning behind the “null and void” amnesty, as the President has put into question everyone else who was given the same amnesty as Trillanes. That is certain subject that will linger on.
We know, that this isn’t the end. For now, some parts of the case is closed, but who knows if it is taken to the Supreme Court. If there are other factors and unknown documents hidden by the DND or anywhere else. That might shadow another story. Because with these acts and secrecy, the mind are able to flow in different directions and finding new avenues for suspect behavior. Since who would earn on the fall of the Senator?
That is seemingly the President, who could try to get another of his loyalists to control the houses of Parliament even more. That wouldn’t be surprising in these days and times. We all can see that a mile away. Peace.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
Now, that there is evident that the Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has lost his security detail, even as his case is moving by. The same court that questioned the arrest order and the Hold Departure Order on the 28th September 2018, did on 5th October 2018 a total turnaround, as the Judge Andres Soriano ordered the evidence of the application and the amnesty to be delivered to the Court within 24 hours.
This case been unfolding since the President Rodrigo Duterte decided to use his Executive Power and revoke the amnesty given by Aquino, that the 5th January 2011 amnesty wasn’t effective and justified by the powers of the Presidency. That is why Trillanes is now in hot-water.
This was after Duterte revoked it and made it “null and void” on the 31st August 2018. That was a deliberate act to really take away the freedoms granted to former officer. Which was also discharged and able to run for elections after the amnesty. This amnesty was in the public and was also broadcasted on live TV. Therefore, the ones knowing about, would already know. Unless, the branches of government has been actively destroying documents within the army, the branches of the judiciary or the previous administrations back-log. Because that is how it seems as the days goes by.
If the Aquino administration gave him amnesty, clearly, the candidate Trillanes delivered an application and a plea of guilt. Which the state now needs produced. If the Philippines bureaucracy and government is serious, they should have filed the copies and the documents from all of the mutineers, which was granted amnesty on the 5th January 2011. That is if, the Philippines government are serious and not just filled political hacks working to undermine their own protocols, as it seems by the day. It looks unprofessional and undermining the acts of the past. Because it fit the paradigm of today.
The implication is very simple, the Makati Branch and Judge Soriano regretted his judgment in favor of Trillanes and needed to show faith in Duterte. That is why a week later, as the Security Detail and the other pressure is coming on the Senator. He could add more pressure, to get copies and documentation of his own release, which was just mere 8 years ago fixed by Aquino.
That the news also are telling that the Ad-Hoc Committee accepting the application back-in-the-day. Didn’t make copies and giving it to the applicants. Proves, that the state has configured it all to fix their narrative. As they know this procedure, they know that Trillanes doesn’t have a copy, as the Committee of Aquino never gave any. That is why this is simple math and also very destructive. Because, who should trust any amnesty or any possible freedom from the law, if the government changes heads or ministers. They might ask the Executive to revoke it and take that away. Even if the person has followed the codes and acted within bounds of the law.
That is why anyone taking and filing for amnesty should fear for their future, because anyone within reach of power. Can just on their own merry take away the amnesty. That your losing your freedom, because of the Executive uses the powers he has.
If someone ever seeks amnesty, ask for documentation, pronto to save your own head. This government can make your case “null and void” and your personal life in danger again. Because the powers decides so. Peace.
Judge Elmo Alameda ordered that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV didn’t have enough documentation and proof concerning his amnesty order of 7th September 2011. Where the judge has stated accused Trillanes haven’t a copy of the application of his guilt of the crimes committed for the amnesty and that he only relied on the certificate of the amnesty and his clearance of service from the AFP on the 28th August 2007.
When concerning Trillanes, the President has his executive rights to revoke any amnesty, but this court order from Alameda doesn’t focus on that, but the lack of guilt by the Senator. Which seems strange, as this has been a public case and the filings should be in some of the government institutions. Unless, they are suddenly hiding it or disappear.
Can we expect the same sort of treatment for the rest of the ones part of the rebellion of the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny or the Peninsula Manila Hotel Siege, which are registered at the same time? Or are they saved because they haven’t stirred the powerful President?
Because, it seems weird, that the admission of guilt, the application for amnesty, which the previous President accepted and ordered, which was certified suddenly is gone missing. Should everyone that was granted amnesty by Presidential Proclamation Nr. 75 dated 24 november 2010, as they were granted amnesty by January 5, 2011 by President Aquino. Who gave this order for a total of 19 Officers and 13 enlisted personnel. Trillanes was one of them and now in legal jeopardy, because of the President order and now Court Order of 25th September 2018.
To top this off, as they make his amnesty order of 2011, null and void because of “lack of documentation”. They are keeping him on bail and also ‘Hold Departure Order’, which doesn’t allow him to leave the Republic of exile. As he has the means to be a flight risk. This isn’t new, especially if someone is under fire like Trillanes.
However, this all is a mess and mess created by the President. Maybe to prove a point and show his capabilities as the President. Which he also did with De Lima. As his biggest critics are ending behind bars, as the administration are finding ways to arrest them and putting them there. Even if the President has the powers to revoke the amnesty, what happens to the rest who also was also granted amnesty? Will they loose it too?
This case will be prolonged as the finalization of it will continue. The Courts and the Orders will come, as well as the Department of Justice, which has also possibly release a motion on the resolution. Since Trillanes get nothing easy and only the hard way.
Trillanes shouldn’t give up, as the documentation should be revealed and show his application. The courts knows this and this document, as the certification and the authorities should know where they keep it. Therefore, the idea and the argument of non-existing documentation for the amnesty is a wasted one. As it should be there and the admission of guilt in the application should be there as well.
Therefore, if the President and the authorities has other reasons for revoking it, they should say it, as this is not a legit sense and only political warfare. With revenging the former army commander Trillanes. As they want the officer to be silenced and stop his campaigns against Duterte. That is how it looks like from the outside. Peace.