KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS : Options in Trillanes China initiatives PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:43

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen…” (Ephesians 4:29, the Holy Bible).
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OPTIONS IN THE TRILLANES CHINA INITIATIVES: It is really immaterial whether it was Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who asked Malacanang, or whether it was Malacanang who asked him, to negotiate with Chinese officials to find a purported settlement of the Scarborough Shoal dispute.

What is material is that, Trillanes’ 15  or 16 travels to China showed he was more trusted by the government in finding a solution to the problem, over and above the trust that should have been given to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Del Rosario.

At this point, Del Rosario’s only option, if he were to retain his respect for himself and the respect of his peers, as well as his integrity as a foreign secretary, is to resign immediately. On the other hand, the only option now for Trillanes and Malacanang is for them to come out with the full details of the senator’s  travels and negotiations.
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WHY WAS TRILLANES PICKED TO TALK TO THE CHINESE? Indeed, why was Trillanes even authorized to talk with Chinese officials about Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys issue? What was it in Trillanes that qualified him to talk with the Chinese, even at the back, and presumably, without even the knowledge, of top foreign affairs officials like Secretary Del Rosario?

I am sure there must have been some very important reasons why a neophyte senator, whose only experience in government was his being a navy lieutenant, was trusted with the very sensitive and ticklish job of resolving a dispute which has the potential of plunging the Philippines into a nuclear war and the resolution of which appears to have eluded even Del Rosario.

What were Trillanes’s instructions from Malacanang? What did Trillanes tell the Chinese? What did the Chinese say in return? What happened to the meetings of Trillanes with the Chinese? Who financed Trillanes’ trips? Are we now nearer to peace because of Trillanes’ initiatives, or are we nearer extinction from a nuclear war?
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TREASON IN THE SCARBOROUGH CHINA ROW: Trillanes earlier accused Del Rosario of treason, and yet he is now himself being accused by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of the same treason because of his “back channeling” efforts. Enrile claimed Trillanes is working for China, and even hinted that it was Beijing which paid for Trillanes’ trips.

What is treason under Philippine laws? Art. 114 of the Revised Penal Code says treason is committed by any person who, owing allegiance to the Government of the Philippine Islands, not being a foreigner, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort within the Philippine Islands or elsewhere.

The Code imposes the penalty of 12 years to life imprisonment for any person found guilty of treason. According to Art. 114, a person accused of a treason can be convicted on the testimony of two witnesses or on confession of the accused in open court.
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