By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
It is up to Filipinos to decide if they would stage another “people power” to show their indignation to the administration of President Duterte, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Friday.
Trillanes was asked during a press conference about the possibility of another people power amid the invalidation of his amnesty and other problems in the country.
“These things are out of my hands, desisyon ng taongbayan kung hanggang saan na lang yong kanilang pasensya (It is up to the countrymen to decide on when their patience would run out),” he told reporters.
Trillanes said he has received messages from his supporters here and abroad that they are wary over recent developments in the Philippines.
“Our countrymen have been expressing, not only [from] here, but also overseas and they are all concerned with what is happening in our country,” he said.
Aside from the voiding of his amnesty which he had described as unconstitutional, the concerned citizens, Trillanes said, were also worried about the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs, and the persistent corruption in government.
He said they also lamented the rice crisis and the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).
Trillanes said a “very significant” number of the Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) personnel, like him, are only waiting for the public to speak up against the government.
“Hinihintay ang mga kababayan natin. ‘Pag punong-puno na yong mga kababayan natin at nagsalita na sila, we will never know. Hindi naman automatic yon na ganoon ang mangyayari, but history will tell us ganoon ang nangyari. It’s palpable, you can feel it when the time is right,” he said, referring to previous people power movements.
Trillanes had claimed that active AFP members are “conflicted” over the nullification of his amnesty as some of them supposedly believe that he cannot be subjected to a court-martial because he has resigned from service before he was granted amnesty.
On Friday, however, he said they would not resort to disobedience and extraconstitutional measures despite their hesitation to follow the President’s orders.
He said some of them have only “categorically” expressed their support for him in challenging Duterte’s proclamation.
“They want to be professional and they want to remain professional,” he said.