Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism

#58 Antonio Trillanes

Antonio F. Trillanes IV (born on August 6, 1971, in Manila), popularly known as Sonny, is a politician and former soldier.

He was a Philippine senator for two terms, serving until 2019. He ran and lost in the vice presidential race in the 2016 elections.

Prior to joining politics, Trillanes was in active military service for at least eight years.

In 2003, he was arrested and faced coup d’etat charges after leading over 300 junior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in taking over Oakwood Premier in Makati City to protest alleged corruption in the Arroyo administration and other anomalies within the military. Trillanes also faced second rebellion charges in November 2007 after walking out of a hearing and taking over the Manila Peninsula with other members of the Magdalo group.

He won the 2007 senatorial elections while detained.

Trillanes was granted amnesty in January 2011, following a general amnesty proclamation for mutineers signed in October 2010 by then-president Benigno Aquino III.

Trillanes is one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration. In 2018, Duterte revoked the amnesty granted to him, leading to his arrest, but was able to post bail. He is also facing a conspiracy to commit sedition charge in relation to the Bikoy videos, which tagged key members of the President’s circle as alleged members of drug syndicates.

Issues and Stands

Safe re-opening of schools and transition to face-to-face classes

Ensure that quality internet is available to students and work to provide subsidies to ensure they can keep up in their classes (i.e., load or laptop subsidies)

Integrate Human Rights and Peace Education into basic and secondary education curriculum

Junking of Anti-Terror Law

Demand that campaigns declare online campaign expenditures beyond their official social media accounts (i.e., influencers engaged, unofficial groups or pages tapped, etc.)

Increased participation of the youth in local and national governance by allowing them to influence & craft legislation

Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and support their increased participation in cultural spaces

Legalization of Divorce

Increase national minimum wage to P750

Increase budget for farming and fishing support/infrastructure

Enact the right to an adequate food bill or the Zero Hunger Bill

Continue support for the rice tariffication law

Seeking climate change accountability from better developed, high-pollutant countries

Increase financial and technical support for local climate adaptation and mitigation projects

Support for Open Pit Mining

Pass an Alternative Mining Act in accordance with human rights norms, standards, and obligations

Increase funding for mental health support

Decriminalizing Abortion

Reparations for Martial Law Victims & Retrieval of Marcos’ Ill-gotten Wealth

Criminalizing of Vote-buying