Senator Antonio Trillanes IV released this Tuesday, March 28 a list of what he claims as his achievements when he was still a soldier. This was his response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s question, “Ano ba ang nagawa ni Trillanes para sa bayan?” (What did Trillanes do for the country?). However, his former mistah (fellow soldier) reacted to his list.
In his official Facebook page, Sen. Trillanes listed his 14 accomplishments both as a PMA cadet and a soldier. The list contains several rescue operations, and apprehension of smugglers and human traffickers, and combat encounters against the Abu Sayyaf performed by his unit as member of the Philippine Navy. Below is the complete list.
“▪ He was one of the Navy personnel who risked their lives to rescue thirty-two (32) persons during a 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.
▪His unit apprehended dozens of smugglers in Basilan, Mapun Island, Poro Pinget Ilocos Sur and Zamboanga peninsula.
▪His unit apprehended dozens of Taiwanese and Chinese poachers in the waters off Batanes, Calayan, and Ilocos Region.
▪His unit apprehended human traffickers of Chinese nationals in Cape Bojeador, Ilocos Norte.
▪His unit apprehended a Chinese surveillance vessel in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal.
▪His unit had naval combat encounters in pursuit of the Abu Sayyaf, pirates and armed smugglers in the waters of Basilan, Sulu, Mariqui River and Sacol Island Zamboanga.
▪His unit was involved in numerous naval gunfire support and troop insertion operations in Basilan, Sulu and Zamboanga Peninsula.
▪His unit was involved in peacekeeping operations in Coco Island, Basilan and Talipao, Sulu.
▪His unit had numerous EEZ/border patrol operations in Spratlys, Scarborough Shoal, Batanes, Benham Rise/Anson Shoal, Taganak Island and Tawi-Tawi.
▪As a Navy Officer, he had a five-year sea duty experience logging-in a Total Miles Covered (TMC) of 35,316.78 nautical miles while finishing shipboard billets up to Ex-0 / Acting Commanding Officer of a patrol gunboat.
▪As procurement officer of the Naval Training and Education Command, Philippine Navy, he reformed the procurement system, which resulted to the accumulation of millions of pesos in savings in favor of the government.
▪He participated in 22 naval exercises conducted with local and foreign navies.
▪He is a recipient of 23 assorted merit medals, campaign ribbons and badges.
▪As a PMA cadet, he graduated cum laude and 6th in his class (Cl ’95). He is also the recipient of the Mathematics Plaque, Physical Sciences Plaque and the Tambuli Award for topping all Mathematics, Physics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering subjects, respectively.”
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Credit: Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV Facebook
But while Sen. Trillanes’ list of accomplishments as a soldier seems to be impressive, a netizen sent an email message to us here at Taho News, saying that what Trillanes said were not exactly true. The netizen, who wished not to identified, said he was one of the Philippine Navy unit members involved in some of the operations Trillanes had mentioned.
According to him, Trillanes was really a bright PMA student, intelligent in academics, and has good looks. But while he said that the senator’s claim about the operations of their unit, he said that Trillanes was not really an active member. He described Trillanes as a clumpsy soldier, and that there were some times that the latter accidentally drop his gun.
“Gaya po ng binanggit ni Trillanes sa Facebook nya, totoo naman po na may mga ganung operations ang Navy. Di ko lang sigurado kung sa lahat ng sinabi nya ay kasama talaga siya. Pero kung kasama man, mas madalas siyang nasa likod lang kahit sa harapan siya pinapapwesto.” He said, referring to the Trillanes’ Facebook post about his achievements.
“Ilang beses din siyang nasisita dahil nabibitawan nya armas nya habang lumulusob kami. At hanggat maaari, mas gusto nya talaga sa office na lang kesa sa field. Di ko rin naman po gusto siraan si Trillanes, pero bilang naging sundalo, sana maging tapat na siya sa publiko. Nasa sa inyo na yan kung maniniwala kayo sa kanya o sa akin.” He added.
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Trillanes, a known crtic of President Duterte, ran for vice president as independent. However, his actions indicate that he is inclined with Liberal Party (LP), the political party of the fomer administration and Vice President Leni Robredo. Earliier, his fellow Magdalo member, Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against President Duterte.