Trillanes’ statement on baseline bills


Re: Sabotage of Philippine Baseline Bills

I would like to express my outrage over how the pending House and Senate Bills relating to the definition of Philippine territory are being sabotaged and mishandled, apparently because the said bills include our claim of sovereignty over the Kalayaan Island Group (“KIG”), internationally known as the Spratlys, and the Scarborough shoal.

Yesterday, I was informed that House Bill No. 3216 was reverted to the Committee level upon the direction of Malacanang, so that it could be tampered with to completely remove our claims over the KIG and Scarborough shoal. This is despite the fact that the bill was already passed on Second Reading last December 2007 by the House Plenary.

At the Senate, my own version of the Philippine baseline bill, Senate Bill No. 1467, has been languishing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs for nearly six (6) months now.

Another immediate concern is the approaching deadline on May 2009 set by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for us to enact a law that will officially define our national territory and register our territorial claims, which should include KIG and Scarborough shoal.

I am appalled at the extent by which the GMA administration and her allies in the House of Representatives are willing to subvert national interest in order to accommodate the interests of a foreign country. This blatant act indubitably confirms earlier accusations of GMA’s sell-out of Philippine Sovereignty relating to our claims over the Kalayaan Island Group or the Spratlys in exchange for bribes attached to billion-dollar projects. This is TREASON, the worst crime any Filipino could ever do to our Country.

SEN. ANTONIO F. TRILLANES IV

March 13, 2008 3:51 pm   Posted in: Foreign Affairs

53 Responses

  1. petite - March 13, 2008 4:19 pm

    “So long as our economic policies remain dependent primarily on foreign “aid” and investments, and our policy-makers remain habitual yes-men of foreign advisors, this “aid,” investment and advice, will be directed toward the retention of the economic status quo.” – Claro M. Recto

  2. hk_ofw - March 13, 2008 4:26 pm

    Who is the Chairperson of the Committee for Foreign Relation at the Senate? MERIAN DEFENSOR SANTIAGO di ba? so what can we expect from another Evil Bitch. Can’t the rest of the senators push the 2nd evil bitch to push the said bill?

  3. AdeBrux - March 13, 2008 4:51 pm

    Obcure as it may seem, in some western countries, treason is still punishable by death!

  4. naguilenya - March 13, 2008 5:19 pm

    Kung karamihan nga ng mga Pilipino ay di man lang makabili ng LUPA sa PASO, ngayon ay naibibenta na pala ang mga ibang teritoryo ng Pilipinas!

  5. Mrivera - March 13, 2008 5:43 pm

    inilulublob ni gloria ang mga dukha sa mas malalim na kumunoy ng pagkaalipin.

    tingi tingi kung ibenta niya sa pormang pangungutang ang bawat bahagi ng pilipinas at bago matapos ang kanyang termino sa 2010 ay wala ng matitira sa atin kundi ang muta sa ating mga mata dahil sa matagal na pagkatulog mula pa noong 2001!

  6. cvj - March 13, 2008 7:03 pm

    If Congress becomes party to the dismemberment of Philippine territory, the Armed Forces should step in to prevent this threat to our Territorial integrity from within.

  7. Dr.Kwak - March 13, 2008 7:15 pm

    Kasamang Mrivera,dahil sa unti-unti na tayong ibinibenta ng gobierno ni Gloria,mabuti pa ay maglagay na tayo ng lupa sa garapon para mayroon man lang tayong ala-ala sa nawala nating lupain. Biro lang, pero ang tutoo po mga kababayan hindi makatuwirang mapunta lang sa kamay ng mga dayuhan ang ating lupain dahil lang sa pagwawaldas ng mga nasa poder ng pera ng bayan at mga bilyon-bilyon na salapi na inutang pa mula sa mga malalaking bansa. Bago pa mangyari na tayo ay itaboy ng mga dayuhan sa sariling atin, umaksiyon na ang lahat. Kung hindi ngayon kailan pa?

  8. Valdemar - March 13, 2008 7:58 pm

    Between Spratlys and Sabah, I would choose to reclaim Sabah first. Is it included in the baseline bills? If Spratlys is much way off there is no point of excluding the Marianas Islands in the baselines. So far its only administered but not owned by the US.

  9. SumpPit - March 13, 2008 8:15 pm

    Taiwan nga ayaw magpasakop sa Mainland China kahit magkamukha sila.

    Sarap pasabugin ang Nunal!

  10. Ellen - March 13, 2008 8:38 pm

    From Asuncion Abraham:

    Habang binabalangkas pa ng ating pamahalaan ang pag-update ng ating territoryo, wag naman sanang kalimutan n gating pamahalaan ang SABAH. Ang pagkakaalam ko po ay sakop nating ang Sabah at sa katunayan ay hanggang ngayon ay nagbabayad pa ang pamahalaang Malaysia ng upa sa heirs of Sultan of Sulu.

    Matagal na isyu po ito, hindi pa yata kami isinisilang ay may isyu na tungkol dito at maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw na sa atin talaga Sabah. Nandyan pa siguro ang mga record or documentation na nasa pag-iingat ng Brunei at UK.

    Sayang po kung tuluyang mawawala ang lupaing ng Sabah na may natatagong likas na kayaman na ang Malaysia ang nakikinabang. Next year (2009) na po ang deadline ng UN para sa lahat ng bansa para pag update ng kanya kanyang lupain kasama na karagatan, at dahil ang atensyon ay naka focus sa Spratly wag naman sanang makalimutan ang malaking lupain ng SABAH.

    Sana po maparating nyo sa mga kinauukulan ang mahalagang isyung ito.

    Maraming salamat po.

  11. Mrivera - March 13, 2008 9:18 pm

    dr. kwak,

    sa puntong iyan ay magkakasama tayo. dapat lamang nating ipaglaban ang ating karapatan bilang mamamayang pilipino na siyang unang unang naaapektuhan ng mga wala sa katwiran at makasariling ginagawa ni gloria.

    ang hirap lamang, meron ditong mga pilosopong nagbubulagbulagan na ay saksakan pa ng sarkastikong mga kumento ang binibitiwan. alalaon baga, kung kuntento na sila sa mga pagwawalanghiya ni gloria ay itulog na lamang nila at huwag nang manggulo sa mga narito. parang pinalalabas nilang hindi sila magdurusa at buo ang paniniwalang hindi tungo sa pagkakawatakwatak ang ginagawa ng kanilang panggulo.

  12. juanito dela cruz II - March 13, 2008 9:52 pm

    nothing is permanent except changes.
    all things must pass.
    tomorrow never knows.
    wait lang kayo and continue helping the needy, may gantimpalang naghihintay sa lahat.
    God works in myterious ways.

    may unity walk na naman, ha ha ha, daming pera talaga ng gobyerno, pero, tinatablan na ang manhid.

    25 per kg of rice, wow! luxury na ang pagkain ng kanin.
    ano na kaya ang kinakain ng mga greedy group ++ ?
    at ano kaya ang dinudumi nila? (excuse me)
    hulaan ninyo!

    TRAITOR! ang pinakamagandang bansag na tatalab sa kahit na sinong manhid.
    Mane Thacel Pares

  13. patria adorada - March 13, 2008 10:40 pm

    ang sa atin ay sa atin at kasama riyan ang sabah,spratlys,scarborough shoal at ano pang tutubo sa paligid
    diyan.

  14. tinay - March 13, 2008 11:03 pm

    Sang ayon ko sa opinyon mo patria adorada. Ang sa Pilipinas ay sa Pilipinas. Wag tayong pumayag na dahan dahan tayong sakupin ng mga chinese na pagkarami-rami na sa ating paligid.Sa mga palengke ay nandoon sila,at sa kung saan saan pa. nagmamasid sa daloy ng buhay ng mga Pilipino. Ano nga kaya pag gising natin bukas ay annexed na pala tayo ng China. Papayagan ba nating mangyari iyon?

  15. norpil - March 13, 2008 11:26 pm

    treason by the highest officeholder of the land is probably so seldom. i can only think of quisling from norway who was shot after the war.

  16. rose - March 13, 2008 11:27 pm

    Gloria to China: What belongs to you is yours..but what belongs to the Philippines is mine, so deal with me quick before 2010…Sana someone would send Gloria her mines..ilagay sa paso at ialay sa kanya..
    ..Grade School palang ako (ngayon retired na) narinig at nabasa ko ang tungkol sa Sabah na ito (wala kaming computers noon mayroon kaming current events report each week) at ang buong akala ko tapos na ang isyu ng Sabah which from what I learned belongs to the Phil..hindi pa pala..

  17. grizzy - March 14, 2008 12:21 am

    China’s attempt to meddle in the running of the Philippine Congress should be warning enough of the impending occupation of Philippine territories that the idiotic utangera could have already conceded to the Chinese.

    We should all say, “No to Chinese occupation of even just the Spratlys” that the Chinese could not even care less if not for these greedy Filipinos who have used the potentials of these islands as leverage and pawns to get big Chinese loans.

    Akala kasi ni gaga nakakadenggoy siya ng intsik, hindi niya alam siya pala ang nadedenggoy. In fact, hindi lang siya, kundi ang lahat ng mga pilipinong mawawalan ng bansa.

    Baka magaya ang Pilipinas sa Tibet, etc. Heaven forbid!

  18. skip - March 14, 2008 12:52 am

    Sen. Trillanes is so far ahead in the curve. In geekspeak, he is an early adopter.

    In 2002, while everybody was still singing praises to Gloria Arroyo, he stunned the whole nation with the Oakwood rebellion. I, along with million other Filipinos, roundly condemned this as senseless military adventurism. Line them all up against a wall and shoot them!

    Who would want to topple Gloria? Intelligent, hardworking, no-nonsense — probably the best president the Philippines ever had? Fucking fascists, that’s how Trillanes and the Magdalo fit into in my universe.

    And then Hello Garci happened.

    And I began to see why such a young and promising officer would risk everything.

    Like like a dike that couldn’t contain the raging waters, Gloria Arroyo’s facade of legitimacy burst as scandal after scandal inundated us — Jose Pidal bank account, Joc Joc Bolante Fertilizer scam, Megapacific. Northrail. Macapagal Highway Robbery. ZTE.

    And now, it seems that once again, Senator Trillanes’ prescience is serving the nation in good stead.

    In August 2007, he filed Senate Bill 1467, which seeks to once and for all define the country’s base lines.

    Who would have thought that exactly seven months later, this very issue would be right in the center of a raging political maelstrom?

    Either he is clairvoyant or he indeed knows a lot about the diabolical workings of Gloria Arroyo’s regime.

    Suddenly, the reason for Oakwook becomes clear as day.

    We are dealing with a creature so evil and so possessed by greed that it would not hesitate to sell the Filipinos’ patrimony just to line its already swollen pocket.

  19. AdeBrux - March 14, 2008 1:22 am

    To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable… — Theodore Roosevelt

  20. AdeBrux - March 14, 2008 1:26 am

    cvj,

    Re: If Congress becomes party to the dismemberment of Philippine territory, the Armed Forces should step in to prevent this threat to our Territorial integrity from within.

    I’ve said the same thing too. This is the time when the AFP should rise and be counted. There is a foreign threat abetted no less than by someone committing treason — they should take matters in their hands as is their constitutional and moral duty as guardians and protectors of Philippine sovereignity.

  21. parasabayan - March 14, 2008 1:51 am

    Sen Trillanes excelled academically. He has his heart for his country in place too! He may be a little rough on the edges yet but he is definitely on the right track in being our leader one day( he is the Mandela of the Philippines!)!

    Sonny probably spends most of his time studying everything that will make him a better Senator even if he is in jail. His input is definitely appreciated by his colleagues in the Senate. If he is only free, he probably would be another Lacson or even better. He probably would be out running after the paid liars!

    Sonny has the vision. When the tide turns, he will be one of the shakers and movers of the nation if not the leader!

  22. parasabayan - March 14, 2008 1:53 am

    Asspweron to defend our terrritories? Hah,hah,hah…he is a big joke? He only knows how to protect the Evil Bitch and no one else!

  23. grizzy - March 14, 2008 3:13 am

    PSB:

    Sinabi mo pa. Baka hindi pa nagla-landing ang mga intsik, nakahanda ng ang terms of surrender ni Espweron! Kaya nga matapang na manakot ang mga intsik. They know the caliber of these generals serving under and being uto-uto to the idiotic Midget, mga sundalong kanin!

  24. happy gilmore - March 14, 2008 4:10 am

    wow

    atapang talaga mga tao dito hmmmm

    sige nga – kung atin talaga ang kalayaan island group and scarborough shoal – we had better be prepared to go to war with china…..pag lumusob ang china baka limang minutong putukan lang – ubos na ang bala natin and surrender na ang buong pilipinas.

    ang hirap kasi sa mga nagngangalit na mga bloggers dito para kayong air force….99 percent air, 1 percent force.

    negotiation and diplomacy is the name of the game, win-win solution ang hanapin, specially in dealing with an economic and military powerhouse such as china….di tayo mananalo sa pamamagitan ng yabang at pataasan ng ihi……

  25. TonGuE-tWisTeD - March 14, 2008 7:20 am

    Yang ang utak talunan, appy. Mura lang ang seismic-survey seacraft. $86M lang. Kayang-kayang abonohan ni Abalos. Bakit pa kailangan ang China at Vietnam kung teritoryo lang naman pala ng Pinas ang isu-survey? Yung drill-testing matagal nang ginagawa ng Philodrill ni Alex Ramos (may-ari rin ng National Bookstore). Pag na-determine na ang langis ay nasa malinaw na teritoryo ng Pilipinas madali na yang service contract sa mga private companies, pag-aagawan yan.

    Bakit survey pa lang at halos puro teritoryo lang ng Pinas ang kasama, pilit pinasasawsaw na agad ang China at Vietnam? Nagmamadali kasi si Pandak na baka makatisod ng malaking reservoir bago siya masipa, pwede na niyang ibenta gaya ng ginawa niya sa natural gas. 20 years advance payment ang pilit ni-negotiate sa Shell consortium. Siya lang ang pangulong makikinabang sa 20 taon na petrolyong makukuha sa Camago-Malampaya. Ganid talaga!

    Status quo muna. Pag wala talagang matumbok na reserves sa jurisdiction ng Pinas, saka na maki-threeway exploration diyan sa mga dayuhan.

    Iyan ang tama!

  26. hk_ofw - March 14, 2008 7:30 am

    Bishops call for change, forgiveness in pastoral letter….

    Ano masasabi nyo tungkol dito mga kababayan??

  27. Valdemar - March 14, 2008 8:20 am

    Status quo, diplomacy, complacency left us holding the bag on Sabah. Congress stopped Marcos to march into Sabah. Puros mga Dale lang tayo (daldal). Why dont we start shooting all chinese here and even those who looks like one ala Vietnam who have balls. Miriam wants cleansng of those who instigated corruption in the first place or was she joking? We gain more by that rather than lose fighting just for a few small islands out there. Its enough we have squatters there. They can apply for Chinese citizenship then secede. Thats what Filipinos are also noted for. They put up a new sovereignty perhaps called Pidalia.

  28. Spartan - March 14, 2008 9:13 am

    Sen. Trillanes Sir! Marami po sa ating mga kababayan ngayon ang nagdarasal na sana’y makalaya ka na mula sa piitang pinanggigipit sa iyo ng ubod samang rehimen na ito. Para sa amin ikaw ay isang simbolo ng pag-asang ang puso nating mga Pilipino ay muling daluyan ng dugo ng pagka-makabayan. Nakakatakot isipin dahil sa kasalukuyang takbo ng isip ng marami sa ating mga kabansa na tanging salapi, kuwarta, at pera ang nasa isip ay hahayaan na lamang na dumating ang pagkakataon na ang ating pambasang kasarinlan at pagkakakilanlan ay mawala at mapalitan na lamang ng diktadong kultura, pulitika, at pag-iisip mula sa ambisyosong Tsino. I have nothing against our fellow countrymen who are of chinese descent, but the agenda of mainland China right now is very clear. They are trying to colonize Asia by a new approach and methodology. They are strengthening their military force, and with their strong economy and surplus dollars, they are now embarking in their old ambition, that of making Asia for asians, and in their mind Asia means China.

  29. Eggplant - March 14, 2008 9:57 am

    Noong una sinakop tayo ng mga Kastila, sumunod si Auncle Sam, Pagkatapos nilusob tayo ng mga Hapon, ngayon aangkinin na naman ng mga Instsik Mainland China (IMC) ang ating lupain. Ngayon nagbubulagbulagan pa ang marami sa ating mga kababayan sa nangyayari ngayon. Kahapon hinakot pa ang mga kabataan natin at estudyante (1,000 daw lahat) para sumama sa Unity Walk ni EB. Napakasakit ina kong bayan ang ginagawa sa iyo ng mga dorobong nagpapanggap na naglilingkod na bayan. Pilipinas Gumising Ka!

  30. happy gilmore - March 14, 2008 10:40 am

    wow ang tatapang talaga!

    siguro sa blogging, matatalo ng mga taga rito ang china – but s giyera, he he he, good luck na lang…..

    ano kamo Valdemar? shoot the chinese? nalalaman mo ba sinasabi mo? and then what? kaya ba nating pigilan ang china kung lusubin tayo dito?

  31. happy gilmore - March 14, 2008 10:52 am

    alam ko na valdemar – pag lumusob ang mga tsino – patayin mo sila sa text at blog, baka masindak sila at umuwi…..

    then again mas madaling lunurin ka sa ihi nila he he he

  32. Spartan - March 14, 2008 11:34 am

    happy g…yan salitang diplomacy paborito yang gamitin ng mga taong mapanlinlang. And how could the likes of you and siRaulo gonzales could even utter this kind comment? I saw your beloved siRaulo on tv while ordering the active surveillance of Jun Lozada when the whistleblower arrives in Iloilo for his campus runaround, the old rabid dog said that he, Jun Lozada, would just be in the company of communists. HE HE HE, you stupid deceitful old dog! Who’s wining and dining and sharing bed with these communist chinks from the PROC? That’s diplomacy alright, diplomacy of the dogs, eating your own vomit.

  33. Spartan - March 14, 2008 12:09 pm

    By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese sales of assault rifles and other small arms to its ally Sudan have grown rapidly during the Darfur conflict despite a U.N. arms embargo, a human rights group said on Thursday.
    Human Rights First, a U.S.-based nonprofit group, said a detailed study of Sudanese and U.N. trade data showed that China was virtually the sole supplier of small arms to Sudan, which pays for the weapons with its growing oil revenues.
    “The people of Sudan’s Darfur region will endure more death, disease and dislocation, and this will be due in no small part to China’s callousness,” said the report, which called on Beijing to stop all arms sales to Sudan and urged the world to link that campaign to the Beijing Olympics…<<

    here’s one example of China’s foreign policy…and to think that this place is far from Asia.

  34. xman - March 14, 2008 1:52 pm

    ABS-CBN :: A POLICY OF BETRAYAL

    The JMSU site (142,866 sq. km.) is about 80 percent within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but the government, through the pact, acknowledged the area as disputed.

    This indicated that the Philippines was conceding the JMSU site as part of the area in the South China Sea despite the fact that about 80 percent of the 142,886 square-kilometer targeted survey area is within Philippines waters.

    A regional map would show that even the 20 percent of the JMSU area, which is outside the Philippines’ 200-nautical-mile EEZ, is still far from the Spratlys area that is internationally acknowledged as contested.

    The JMSU pact therefore violated local and international laws. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea designated a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone for the Philippines.

  35. grizzy - March 14, 2008 3:35 pm

    hk_ofw: Bishops call for change, forgiveness in pastoral letter….

    Ano masasabi nyo tungkol dito mga kababayan??

    *****
    Parang sinabi ng mga bishops ng CBCP sa mga puta na patawarin nila iyong mga bugaw na patuloy na pinagpuputa sila at nagtutulak sa kanila sa dusa at kasalanan. Susmaryosep!

    Bakit hindi nila diretsuhin si Gloria Dorobo na bumaba na bago mawala ang Pilipinas at sakupin ng mga intsik?

  36. luzviminda - March 14, 2008 7:24 pm

    Magandang basahin itong article from ABS-CBN about the CHINA QUESTIONABLE DEALS including JSMU:

    The Policy of Betrayal.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=112137

    I agree with Sonny Trillanes that Gloria Arroyo committed TREASON!!!!!!!

  37. chi - March 14, 2008 8:45 pm

    skip Says:

    March 14th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Sen. Trillanes is so far ahead in the curve. In geekspeak, he is an early adopter.

    Agree! The young Senator is the only one with visions!

  38. duren - March 15, 2008 1:15 am

    the worst crime any Filipino could ever do to his Country ay mag papogi point sa harap ng media habang ang kapus palad nating mga mamamayan na bomoto sa iyo ay nagugutom dahil wala kang ginagawang matino. Minsan nga lang ito magsalita eh batikos agad sa gobyerno. Mag handa ka kaya ng mga batas para sa kaginhawaan ng pamumuhay ng bawat isa….hindi yung inis at kulo ng ulo ang iniintindi mo.

  39. skip - March 15, 2008 11:49 am

    duren,

    Bago ka magsalita — alamin mo muna ang facts, ok?
    Baka hindi mo nalalaman na nakapag-akda na ng maraming panukalang batas si Senator Trillanes — kahit nakakulong.

    Alam mo ba yon, ha?

    Para sa iyong kaalaman, eto ang mga Senate Bills nya, ok?
    Pasensya na sa mahabang post, Ellen. Gusto ko lang ipamukha sa mga mangmang na ito ang katotohanan.

    ———————————————————–
    1. S. Bill No. 751-An Act Increasing the Combat Duty Pay of All
    Officers and Enlisted Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
    from Two Hundred Forty Pesos Per Month to Twenty Five Percent of their
    Base Pay and Providing Funds Therefor;
    2. S. Bill No. 752-An Act Increasing the Subsistence Allowance of All
    Officers and Enlisted Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
    from Sixty Pesos to One Hundred and Fifty Pesos and Providing Funds
    Therefor;
    3. S. Bill No. 753-An Act Providing for a P125.00 Daily Across-the-
    Board Increase in the Salary Rates of Employees and Workers in the
    Private Sector and for Other Related Purposes;
    4. S. Bill No. 754-An Act Amending Certain Sections of Republic Act
    No. 6948 Otherwise Known as “An Act Standardizing and Upgrading the
    Benefits for Military Veterans and their Dependents”;
    5. S. Bill No. 755-An Act Prescribing Special Measures to Lower the
    Price of Medicines and Other Related Purposes;
    6. S. Bill No. 756-An Act Increasing the Minimum Salary Grade of
    Public School Teachers from Salary Grade 10 to 20 and Providing Funds
    Therefor;
    7. S. Bill No. 757-An Act Amending Republic Act No. 53, As Amended,
    Otherwise Known as “An Act to Exempt the Publisher, Editor, or
    Reporter of Any Publication from Revealing the Source of Published
    News or Information from Revealing the Source of Published News or
    Information Obtained in Confidence” by Including Within Its Coverage
    Journalists from Broadcast, News Agencies, and Internet Publications;
    8. S. Bill No. 758-An Act Prescribing Fixed Terms for the Chief of
    Staff and Major Service Commanders of the Armed Forces of the
    Philippines and for Other Purposes;
    9. S. Bill No. 759-An Act Requiring Mandatory Computer Education in
    All Public and Private High Schools and for Other Related Purposes;
    and
    10. S. Bill No. 760-An Act Defining as a Crime the Act of Driving any
    Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages and/or
    Prohibited Drugs and Providing Graduated Penalties Therefor.

    Except for S. Bill No. 755, which has been incorporated with similar
    bills lowering the cost of medicines that had been approved on second
    reading on the first week of October, all of these bills have been
    referred to the appropriate committees for deliberation.

    Priority Bills Filed

    Special Fund on Poverty Alleviation

    Senator Trillanes authored S. Bill 1425, filed on August 2, 2007,
    creating a Special Poverty Alleviation Fund, which will primarily
    finance school and community-based supplemental feeding programs and
    related poverty-alleviation efforts in the poorest of the poor
    communities using the minimum basic needs (MBN) approach. This bill is
    now being deliberated by the Senate Committees on Social Justice;
    Welfare and Rural Development; Education, Arts and Culture; and
    Finance.

    Economic Bills

    In a bold legislative move, Sen. Trillanes authored two major bills
    that very few legislators before him dared to consider due to their
    perceived serious political sensitiveness.

    One of these, S. Bill No. 1448, entitled, An Act Repealing Republic
    Act No. 9337, otherwise known as the Expanded Value Added Tax, calls
    for the repeal of the controversial law, which Trillanes says is
    another “calvary” of the Filipino people.

    The other bill, S. 1591, filed on September 17, is a proposal amending
    Presidential Decree No. 1177, the Automatic Appropriations Law, which
    the senator says is a relic of the Marcos era that has brought nothing
    but misery to the country. In this bill, the senator from Caloocan
    calls for the non-prioritization of debt servicing in budget
    allocation. Instead, these “freed” funds should be allocated to
    augment the Internal Revenue Allotments of local government units.

    ———————————————————–
    So duren, given the choice between your President who is robbing the nation blind, and Senator Trillanes who manages to author important bills while incarcerated, it’s really a no-brainer.

  40. Isaac H - March 15, 2008 2:23 pm

    Skip, thank you. Duren ito suggestion lang. Para makaganti ka, ilista mo rin ang accomplishments ng Executive Department including ang deals and kickbacks na tinatago sa bayan. Ako ‘di ko alam yon except yong nabasa at nadinig ko sa TV Patrol. Dito naman sa Ellenville magandang samahan lang, ‘di ba ?

  41. duren - March 15, 2008 3:05 pm

    wow, grabe ah, I noticed that those bills were filed at same day….isang araw lang ba sya nag tatrabaho sa isang buong taon? And if he really has the determination to pass those bills, bakit hindi nya gamitin ang attention na ibinibigay sa kanya ng medya particularly ni Ms. Ellen para maipasa ito hindi yung mga walang kwentang pagmumura na ginagawa nya gaya ng mga halos lahat dito? O baka naman for media sake lang yan..para lang at least may masabi na may ginagawa kuno…haay, cool lang po mga biktima ng media.

  42. skip - March 15, 2008 4:07 pm

    Would it hurt you, duren, to use your brain once in a while? Tell me you’re not really an imbecile – and that you’ve just conveniently forgotten that Senator Trillanes is in jail.

    It’s so low, even of dyed-in-the-wool Arroyo apologists like you, to take Trillanes to task for not doing his job, when he is not even allowed to go to the sessions do his job.

    Come on, I hope you can come up with better arguments. The other Arroyo apologists might not relish the idea of being lumped together with you, idiotic logic and all.

  43. duren - March 15, 2008 6:59 pm

    logic you say skip? Then how can you find logic in the fact that your most loved senator was already in jail when he run for senate and now that he is elected he would use that same reason to justify his procrastinations? Only a common nincompoop would make a sense out of that. And please do not insult people here, we are here to suggest opinions, not pin down each other. I am sure you are quite cognizant with your act of decency or lack thereof?

  44. Valdemar - March 15, 2008 9:15 pm

    The many legacies we achieved from the chinese includes the perseverance in doing the jobs like the bote-diyaryo and the magtataho. We have taken over those honorable careers taking to the streets ourselves buying junks and selling taho. We love so much chinese festivities that we took over their dragon dances. And many more. Did we get anything from the Spaniards and the Americans? R. Cath. from the Spaniards? It only stagnated us to a marginalized society. The Americans with their language? Try talking to our kind, I am sure you’ll agree that we could fail with each sentence.

  45. Valdemar - March 15, 2008 9:31 pm

    Happy Gilmore,
    I didnt say the attacking chinese horde. Dont worry about drowning in urine. We have enough young girls to take care of that. I meant the chinese that are already here. Kahit sa comics, nabasa mo naman siguro ang tungkol sa chinese cleansing sa Vietnam at saka sa Indonesia. That is only a suggestion. Na high ka naman agad. Ba happy lang. You know, my uncle Fermin went to the US. He became Freeman. Galing ba ang pangalan mo sa Gelacia?

  46. Diego K. Guerrero - March 15, 2008 10:54 pm

    And daming Senate Bills si Sen. Trillanes. Pakitanong kina Lito Lapid at Bong Revilla kung ilan ang kanilang Senate bills.

  47. skip - March 15, 2008 11:26 pm

    Senator Trillanes filed no less than thirteen pieces of legislation in nine months.

    While in jail.

    DKG’s right — this is probably more than the combined output of Revilla and Lapid in all their years in the Senate.

    Does that look anything like procrastinations (sic)?

    It sounds more like “prolificacy” to me.

  48. zen2 - March 16, 2008 7:34 pm

    skip,

    many thanks ! i plead guilty of ignorance as well, as to Sen. Trillanes bills filed before the appropriate Senate committees. i didn’t realize, until now, that practically all of them needs to be addressed ASAP, as they are both of serious import and compellingly urgent.

    his latest, SB 1467 on Philippine baseline bills, ought to be on top of the list and moved as urgent, priority bill—in deference to UN’s timetable.

    this particular bill of Trillanes, roughly equivalent to laying the marker of one’s own property, more than merits the support of all who consider themselves as Filipinos, or as friends of the Filipino people; (it) can serve as a rallying issue to bond us together, all of us, regardless of a person’s political orientation.

    am in total agreement and support the Senator’s latest bill.

  49. zen2 - March 16, 2008 7:36 pm

    Valdemar,

    re your post above, March 13, 7:58 pm, my take:

    Sabah, and the islands surrounding Spratlys, are as important as the other—both should be given an equally diligent claims before any international body.

    these little islands, or islets, if you will, may be considered as “kaling-king or kaling-kingan” in terms of size, compared to the sizable Sabah is true; but don’t you think, we should be guided by the local adage that goes: ‘ang sakit sa kaling-kingan ay sakit ng buong katawan’, in pursuing them ?

  50. Mrivera - March 16, 2008 9:38 pm

    duren says: “…….the worst crime any Filipino could ever do to his Country ay mag papogi point sa harap ng media habang ang kapus palad nating mga mamamayan na bomoto sa iyo ay nagugutom dahil wala kang ginagawang matino.”

    duren, sino ang tinutukoy mo? sa mga tinuran mong ito, MALIWANAG na ito ay BUMABALANDRA SA MUKHA NI GLORIA ARROYO!

  51. Valdemar - March 16, 2008 11:15 pm

    zen2,
    I agree. I am only worried the bill wont include Sabah and Marianas anymore. I am sure there would be a lot of debates and hagglings with interested parties at the UN body. Our priority would be Sabah with only one adversay, Malaysia while on the Spratlys, there’s China and Vietnam to face. We must remember Vietnam defeated the US might. I see no point we cant defeat the US on the Marianas.

  52. Spartan - March 17, 2008 1:53 pm

    I can’t help but laugh as in LOL when I read duran and skip’s excahnges regarding Sen. Trillanes’ pending bills. Parang si Samboy Lim itong si duran hehehe supalpal na bumabali pa. HAK! HAK! HAK!

  53. Spartan - March 17, 2008 1:55 pm

    ooooppps! ika nga ni gloria ha-nes mistake hindi pala duran, duren pala. hehehe and exchanges pala hindi exchanges. P:-)

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