MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay hopes there won’t be anyone like Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in the future.
On the sidelines of the 40th anniversary of the 365 Club late Saturday, Binay criticized Trillanes for questioning the capabilities of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in negotiating with the Chinese in connection with the dispute over the West Philippine Sea.
“Oh my God, what more word can you say when Senator Trillanes said that Secretary del Rosario was a traitor especially in talking with the Chinese. Nakakalungkot no, especially coming from Senator Trillanes who is in the Senate,” he said.
In an emotionally charged session at the Senate last week, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile lambasted Trillanes for supposedly selling the country’s sovereignty to China.
The older senator revealed details of the newbie politician’s alleged discussions with the then Ambassador to China Sonia Brady.
Binay said there is a need for backchannel efforts, but “not in the manner that Senator Trillanes handled it.”
Trillanes allegedly said the Philippines is not interested in the Scarborough Shoal and that del Rosario was further escalating tensions between the country and China.
“Yun na yata si Senator Trillanes e. When I was watching that incident, naalala ko 'yung ganoon din ang ginawa niya kay [late Defense Secretary] Angelo Reyes. Mukhang 'yun na talaga ang personality ni Senator Trillanes,” he said.
Trillanes led the takeover by rebel soldiers of the Oakwood hotel in Makati City in 2003 and revealed supposed corruption in the military during the time of Reyes in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“Hopefully, wala nang maging katulad ni Senator Trillanes in the future,” Binay said.
Asked for a message he could give to Trillanes, he said: “Senator, I'm sorry to say, pero sa pagkakataon na iyon magre-assess ka.”