MANILA, Philippines - The Villar-led Nacionalista Party has sworn in Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as its newest member.
Senator Manny Villar said Trillanes symbolizes the party’s advocacies, including fighting for the rights of the poor and overseas Filipino workers.
Trillanes was sworn in Sunday during simple ceremonies held at the Makati Shangri-la.
The oath-taking was witnessed by former Rep. Cynthia Villar, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Cavite Rep. Boying Remulla and Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar were also in attendance.
Trillanes, an ex-soldier, was known for leading several mutinies against the administration of former President Gloria Arroyo.
Even while in detention, he joined the Genuine Opposition as guest candidate and won a Senate seat in 2007.
He triggered another standoff in November that year in the Peninsula Manila, where he also called for Arroyo’s resignation.
Trillanes got his provisional freedom in late 2010.
The country’s oldest political party is planning to form a coalition with the administration Liberal Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition for the 2013 elections.
The coalition of the three parties is now generating discussions since it was President Aquino’s camp that supposedly coined the “VIllaroyo” tag, linking Villar to Arroyo.