[...] Trillanes felt strongly about the issue being heard.
"He was incarcerated for 7 years precisely because of the very issue that was in front of him at the time we were hearing the case in the Blue Ribbon Committee: corruption," Enrile said.
Angry kid. That is what "senator" Antonio Trillanes IV apparently is.
But to his former classmates in the venerable Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Trillanes has become a likely candidate for earning the distinction of persona non grata owing to his "uncavalier" behaviour (PMA alumni refer to themselves as "cavaliers"). Unlike many conventional professions, the men and women who serve and have served in the military form a very tight brotherhood -- a world that is often beyond the comprehension of most ordinary civilians. Most soldiers had faced death together in combat and formed bonds under the extreme duress of life-and-death situations.
Being shot at or stabbed at by another human being you hardly know but is nonetheless intent on killing you is an experience most civilians won't ever face in their lifetimes. Likewise having to kill another human being you also hardly know sometimes while staring him or her in the eye is an extreme experience that changes people. Relationships forged in such situations are in a class by itself.
Consider then Enrile's words:
Having been granted amnesty for coup plotting and now already covered by parliamentary immunity, neophyte Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV cannot be censured by anybody, according to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
“He’s now covered by a different rule. As a senator of the Republic, he can’t be questioned on any speech or debate done by him inside the confines of the Senate as a senator,” said Enrile.
It gives a more profound meaning around the words "no longer a soldier". Perhaps Enrile has it only half-right and we should go one step further and ask:
Was "senator" Antonio Trillanes IV, ever a soldier?
That this "senator" as a member of (but not necessarily a soldier in) the Armed Forces of the Philippines showed consistency as a serial offender as far as breaking ranks and thumbing his nose at the chain of command will have already answered this question back in 2007. The way he treated Angelo Reyes -- a senior soldier -- in an otherwise pointless Congressional exercise further crystallises what our answer to that question might be.
To real soldiers, the answer is most likely a no brainer...
Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1995, faces punishment from his fellow PMA graduates for humiliating a senior officer—late former Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Angelo “Angie” Reyes—during a recent Senate inquiry.
“Even some of his [Trillanes] classmates did not like what he did to Angie Reyes,” they will go with punishing the senator, another former military chief of staff—Gen. Dionisio Santiago—told editors and reporters of The Manila Times during an exclusive roundtable on Monday.
It was not clear, though, what the punishment would be.
According to Santiago, many of the cavaliers or PMA alumni would shy away from Trillanes as a sign of protest to the alleged arrogance he displayed against Reyes, a member of PMA Class of 1966, when the former Armed Forces chief appeared on January 27 before the Senate blue ribbon committee.
Suffice to say, Trillanes's high-profile rampage supposedly against corruption in the Philippine military is starting to become a lonely one. For now he enjoys the support of the Senate President himself who had gone out on a limb to defend the boy-"senator". But this is politics. At some point, propping up a political liability simply becomes senseless.