SONNY TRILLANES should go down in Philippine Senate history as being the first to get there, at least in part, on the strength of a Friendster blog account which has been on the Blog Roll since heput it up from detention and through which many of us in bloggerdom were able to watch, live and online, the borning of a democratic miracle. Among bloggers, perhaps his strongest support has come from Ellen Tordesillas.
But the beauty of Sonny Trillanes' blog is that it presents the substantial aspects of his candidacy, for example the UP Master's Thesis that became famous online in 2003: Corruption in the Philippine Navy Procurement System.
Although he is yet to be proclaimed Sonny Trillanes will be going to the Senate.
Another winner of the 2007 Midterm election is Gringo Honasan who was proclaimed yesterday among ten new Senators. But Erap is mad at Gringo. Hmm... I wonder why?
Sharp contrast with Sonny Trillanes' inclusion in the official GO slate.
Christian Monsod's prediction last year that the 2007 Midterm Elections could turn out to be an indirect referendum on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has come true not only in the general rebuke delivered by an apparent 8-2-2 GO-TU-IND score, but in the particular election of these two MILITARY MUTINEERS.
The last time Trillanes was in the august halls of the Philippine Senate was in 2003, he testifying before a Senate Select Committee about the circumstances that led him, and the creme de la creme of the Philippine Military officer corps to that still mysterious and unresolved event called the Oakwood Mutiny.
I think the Filipino People want Sonny Trillanes to go back to the Senate to finish telling the whole story behind Oakwood. I hope he will tell the story of that Midnight Rendezvous at the Palace with the President, just days before the Oakwood Mutiny, and what that was all about. Why did that figure so prominently in his own narrative testimony to the Senate? Did something in that argument with Gloria trigger Oakwood?
I think the Filipino People want Sonny Trillanes to go back to the Senate as a Senator of the realm, to help clean up the Philippine Military, to professionalize its fighting forces and officers corps, to finally modernize that institution and rescue it from the clutches of the politicians and operators.
Of course his electoral victory is already being claimed by many. Rumors have been flying that Jamby Madrigal and the Left were instrumental in his campaign.
I hope Sonny Trillanes won't become a Leftist version of Gringo Honasan and lose sight of what is truly important. He has a golden opportunity to make history because the people have given him a particle of their sovereignty to right the wrongs and make our Military something to be proud of, something to rely on, not something to distrust and fight against, an attitude the Left has assiduously promoted. The easy road for him will be to now pander to his loudest supporters and give in to easy access that Media will grant him.
Will Trillanes become another Gringo? I hope not. Dean Raul Pangalangan had some thoughts on this same topic