Tuesday, November 25, 2008
He has been behind bars and has yet to set foot in the Senate since being elected last year. Yet, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains to be one of President Arroyo's harshest critics.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News, he praised former House Speaker Jose de Venecia for his revelations on the government's controversial National Broadband Network project.
Trillanes says if former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis 'Chavit' Singson was the star witness in the impeachment case against former President Joseph Estrada, this is now the role of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia.
"It's a welcome development," Trillanes says, when asked what he thought of De Venecia's move to go against Arroyo. "The act of Gov. Chavit Singson, they were demonizing him, and yet, they welcomed him when he started revealing some things."
Trillanes also dared House members to support the new impeachment complaint against the president and prove they are pursuing the interest of the public.
"Dapat, kung ano ang hinaing nila, dapat yun ang hinaing ng congressman. But, so far, hindi yun ang nangyayari dahil sa kanya-kanyang personal na interes," he says.
If the House junks the latest impeachment complaint against Arroyo, Trillanes says, "The bottom line is, I will let the people decide kung saan nila gusto patungo ang ating bayan. Kung gusto nilang manatili si GMA even beyond 2010, it is up to them."
Trillanes says his vote was not sought in the recent leadership change in the Senate, but he says the new alliances won't have any effect on how the upper chamber works.
He believes Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile could change his position on any issue even if he is a Palace ally.
"People change, and remember, Senator Enrile turned his back also on Marcos," he says.
Trillanes also warns Malacañang should not be too confident even if the uprising at the Manila Peninsula hotel last year failed saying, it's difficult to gauge the sentiment of the masses.
"Unfair po na i-husgahan natin ang taong bayan na pagod na sila sa mga ganitong mga political activities," he says.