I am talking of course about an incumbent senator in the person of Antonio Trillanes and a former senator represented by Francisco Tatad.
While Tatad is a bona fide ‘has been’ politician, his attitude and glaring antipathy towards President Rodrigo Duterte is no different than those of the pompous and boastful Trillanes.
Indeed both Trillanes and Tatad are peas in a pod and what makes them even more alike is the way they are perceived to be lacking in attention.
Obviously and fortunately the Filipino people are noticing the similarity of the two and I am pretty sure that Trillanes will follow the way Tatad has gone.
To this day Tatad continues to exhibit his attention deficit disorder by slamming Duterte with unsubstantiated facts like claiming for instance that the president was absent in the public eye last week because he suffered a mild stroke.
In fact Tatad even went farther, saying, that an emergency Cabinet meeting was held last week to discuss Duterte’s health.
Do you think Duterte would have surfaced just like that and travel and make speeches had he suffered a stroke, even mild at that?
If you will remember this is the same Tatad who wrote in his Manila Times column some time ago saying that Duterte had to fly to China to have his cancer affliction secretly treated.
No wonder Malacañang has chided Tatad for creating nothing but fantasies.
No matter how much noise Tatad makes, the true fact is that he could never resurrect whatever is left of his political ambitions.
As far as Trillanes is concern his own political ambition is on a nose-dive too and this is for the good of the country.
Trillanes’ latest setback is when the renowned BBC, during an interview, debunked his claims that Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, extrajudicial killings and declaration of martial law in Mindanao is ruining the country.
BBC’s ‘Hard Talk’ host Stephen Sakur took exception at Trillanes’ rantings against Duterte’s handling of power when in fact Duterte continues to enjoy a high approval rating among Filipinos.
I could never imagine where this country could have gone had the other presidential aspirant supported by Trillanes and his ilk won instead of Duterte.
Duterte’s administration may have its shortcomings, as Trillanes claim, but the direction and boon the people are expecting in the future far outweighs the bad fortune we had been having in the past.
Like Tatad, I don’t think Trillanes will ever become a political figure again once his term of office as senator is over.
Along with his attention deficit disorder, Trillanes will self-destruct as he is starting to now.