There is no doubt that Sen. Antonio Trillanes has always showed his “cojones’ (balls) – either as a rebellious soldier or as a senator of the realm.
In all his words and actions, he always sounds incorruptible and appears to be the nemesis of the corrupt.
Trillanes’ demeanor has never been more evident than his dogged determination in going after the corrupt practices of Vice President Jejomar Binay and preventing the latter from winning the presidency in the 2016 election.
Being vocal myself against Binay’s political ethos that includes the creation of a Binay political dynasty, I had been supportive of Trillanes’ continued denunciation, nay accusation, of Binay’s corrupt practices.
This does not mean to say, however, that I am a political supporter of Trillanes. It is far from it, but if Trillanes can be an effective vehicle in convincing people to shun Binay in his presidential ambition because of his corrupt practices, then I stand with Trillanes and hope that Filipinos who care much for this country will do the same.
Whether Trillanes is doing this quixotic act for the country or for his own political agenda does not really matter for as long as he has the certainty, validity and the truth behind all his accusations.
We can only be grateful for his idealism.
I hope the same courageous and honorable move is behind Trillanes’ motivation in accusing Court of Appeals (CA) Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta of receiving P25 million each in exchange for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a writ of preliminary injunction that stopped the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) from implementing the preventive suspension order against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun Jun” Binay.
Trillanes alleged that the two justices received P20 million each for the TRO issued on March 16, 2015 from one, Pancho Villaraza, a lawyer, but because the Ombudsman and the DILG refused to recognize the TRO, another transaction was made and the two justices each received an additional P5 million upon the issuance of the preliminary injunction.
According to Trillanes, Villaraza is a known political operator with deep links to politicians and members of the judiciary and the prosecution service and is currently supporting the presidential campaign of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Definitely the CA justices have been tarred by this damnable accusation of Trillanes.
Now, if these justices feel that they have been unjustly tarred, then they should come out defending their honor and vituperating at Trillanes, too.
Otherwise, people will judge them as belonging to Binay’s corrupt ilk and praises to Trillanes who has shown once more his “cojones”.