Table Talk : No permanent friends in politics, only interest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:44

BY Mike S Apostol

Our Honorable Senators are now beginning to split in their ranks between the majority and the minority. The latest to bolt the majority in the Senate is Senator Trillianes and joined the minority group for personal reasons like “losing his trust and confidence “on the Senate President, the veteran legislator and legal luminary Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Senator Trillianes went even further by charging Enrile a “bully” in the Senate and a lackey of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo because former PGMA is allegedly calling Senator Enrile for favors. Trillianes further charged that Enrile “owes a great debt of favor to GMA when she was President”.
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It is indeed a heavy and fantastic allegation thrown against a Senate President by a neophyte  and a “rebel” Senator. However, Enrile also countered a more serious allegation against Senator Trillianes, by selling the “sovereignty of the Philippines” to the Chinese government, when Trillianes was tasked by Malacañang on a mission for a “backdoor” negotiation. Senator Trillianes allegedly told the Chinese government “that the Philippines is not really interested on the Scarborough Shoal and that we can always give it to them”, and that our fishermen fishing in that shoal are marginal fishermen “who are not capable of deep sea fishing”. Senate President Enrile even went further in his accusation against Senator Trillianes for saying that “our Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretary Del Rosario does not have the full trust of the Filipino people”.    
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Between the words Senator Trillianes and that of Enrile, conscience dictates that the latter is to be trusted more than Trillianes who has a proven track record of tactless misadventures when he was a military officer. Although his military “misadventurism” propelled him to the Senate but again he was not able to redeem himself fully because he was branded as the most “big spender” Senator for spending multi-million of his development funds even when he was jailed. Besides, the allegation that he exposed to the Chinese Government when he was doing a “backdoor” negotiation was his personal observation and not of the Filipino people.
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It is a paradox, like Senator Trillianes, to “change horse in midstream” in a forthcoming national and local election. He may have his reasons to defect in the “last stretch of a race” but that does not discount the possibility of an alleged “hidden agenda”, hatched for the rich Chinese Government like the “Oakwood incident” that ultimately had him drafted for the Senate. President Simeon Benigno Aquino III may now be laughing for losing a senator who has dragged innocent military officers for alleged anomalies in the Armed Forces of the nation and even cost the life of a fine officer and gentleman.     
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Scoop: James Freeman Clarke once said “The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation”. True or false, you may agree or disagree that is not the question.