Trillanes: From hot-headed Navy lieutenant to Duterte nemesis

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2018 03:24 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2018 07:24 PM

MANILA -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV went from hot-headed Navy lieutenant to lawmaker to President Rodrigo Duterte's nemesis in his 15 years in the public eye.

On Tuesday, Duterte invalidated the grant of amnesty on Trillanes, accusing the 47-year-old lawmaker of failing to apply for it in writing.

Here are key events leading up to the President's move, which could land the lawmaker back in jail after nearly 8 years.

July 27, 2003

Three opposition Senators Gregorio Honasan (extreme right), Vicente Sotto (4th-right) and Rodolfo Biazon (2nd-left-blue jacket) negotiate with military rebels led by Lieutenant Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes (extreme left) during the 27 July 2003 failed military rebellion. Romeo Gacad, AFP

The Magdalo group surrounds the Oakwood Premier in Makati with explosives before dawn to protest alleged corruption in the Arroyo government, with Trillanes as spokesman.

The group stands down later in the evening and then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivered her State of the Nation Address the following day.

August 2003

Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes (right) attends a senate hearing on the July 27 failed rebellion. Joel Nito, AFP

During one court martial hearing, Trillanes recalled one meeting with Arroyo before the Oakwood takeover. He said the President kept on "yakking and yakking" to him instead of listening to soldiers' grievances.

The Magdalo soldiers are later tried before a court martial and the Makati Regional Trial Court over the uprising.

Sept. 24, 2004

Trillanes and 5 other alleged ringleaders of the 2003 uprising, Army Captains Gerardo Gambala and Milo Maestrecampo, Navy Lieutenant James Layug and Marine Captains Gary Alejano salute President Arroyo during an event in Camp Aguinaldo.

Arroyo was then fresh off her election victory, which was later dogged with allegations of cheating.

May 14, 2007

Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos (2nd right) raises the hand of newly proclaimed senator, detained Philippine navy lieutenant, Antonio Trillanes (3rd left), in Manila, 15 June 2007. Romeo Gacad, AFP

Trillanes wins a seat in the Senate after campaigning from within his detention cell at the Philippine Marines headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

His campaign included opening a page on Friendster, the most popular social media platform that time.

Nov. 29, 2007

Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes (left) joining hands with rebel officer Lieutenant Senior Grade James Layug (right) and others during their surrender to government security forces who stormed the luxury Peninsula hotel in Manila's Makati financial district on November 29, 2007. Jason Gutierrez, AFP

Trillanes and his co-accused for coup d'etat walk out of their hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court. They take over the Manila Peninsula hotel, a few steps from Oakwood, to demand Arroyo's resignation.

The uprising ends after the military rams a tank into the Peninsula lobby and Trillanes is manhandled onto a bus by his belt buckle.

Jan. 5, 2011

Sen. Antonio Trillanes (right), raises his hand as he swears by the truthfulness of his application for amnesty offered by Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the military headquarters in Manila on January 15, 2011. Jay Directo, AFP

Trillanes applies for amnesty, acknowledging his involvement in uprisings as violations of the Articles of War, criminal law and the 1987 Constitution.

Jan. 21, 2011

The Department of National Defense releases a list of applicants for amnesty, including Trillanes.

May 2013

Trillanes wins a second term in the Senate. 

May 2016

Sen. Antonio Trillanes shows a copy of a check as evidence against Presidential candidate Rody Duterte during his exposÈ at Magdalo headquarters in Quezon City, Thursday. Manny Palmero, ABS-CBN News

During the 2016 national elections, Trillanes actively campaigns against Duterte, accusing the then Davao City mayor of hiding wealth. He also criticizes the latter's war on drugs.

Aug. 31, 2018

Duterte signs Presidential Proclamation No. 572, invalidating the grant of amnesty to Trillanes for failure to comply with its minimum requirements. 

The proclamation says the senator was granted amnesty even if he did not file an Official Amnesty Application Form.

September 4, 2018

Trillanes says he would not surrender to arresting officers and instead would submit himself to Senate custody. The opposition lawmaker vows that he would not flee nor resist arrest.

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