Sen. Antonio Trillanes thinks that times have not changed since the first time he run for public office as a senator in 2007 and won despite spending his time under detention for his leading role in the infamous Oakwood Mutiny in 2003.
Trillanes was thrust into the national limelight and his notoriety made him an instant celebrity that titillated the Filipino electorate (what else is new?), thus, paving the way for a more lucrative business in politics and leaving the military life for good.
A brass individual that he is, Trillanes is also a maverick senator who clashed with then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile over the former’s backchannel role in the Philippines’ dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal).
But what really made Trillanes more of a household name was in instigating and initiating the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing to probe into the irregularities involving Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Junjun, during their long terms as mayor of Makati City.
Since Trillanes has already declared his candidacy for vice president in 2016 national elections, this prevents him from further participating in succeeding senate hearing against the Binays.
Perhaps the Binays will be delighted with this development. Right?
Trillanes may not have a Chinaman’s chance of winning the vice presidential contest, for times have changed, and he is not really the best of the best among the contenders. Other candidates vying for the vice presidential position are more able and competent, and less controversial, who could be more adept in uniting a fractious nation.
But what makes him a winner just the same to me is the fact that Trillanes has promised to campaign also for acting Makati Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña to help him win the mayoralty race in next year’s election.
Note that since suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay has been perpetually banned from holding public office by the Ombudsman over irregularities in the construction of a parking building, a sister, Abigail, an incumbent Makati representative, is running in his stead against Peña.
This is just to show how much the Binays want to control Makati, as if the family owns the place like a business entity.
If Trillanes could not find success in his vice presidential bid, I hope he reigns supreme in his quest to topple the Binay dynasty in Makati.
With the patriarch Binay behind in presidential poll surveys now, losing both in national and local elections will be a humbling experience for this scandalous family.