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MANILA, Philippines - Excerpts from Patricia Evangelista's profile of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, 'Sonny Trillanes goes to war':
When he stood on the senate floor to challenge Juan Ponce Enrile, Antonio Trillanes IV was following the same narrative arc that brought him and a troop of 300 junior officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the front steps of Oakwood Hotel in 2003.
Asked what he found shocking in the senate, his answer came quickly.
“That people are not what they seem.”
“I get blindsided a lot of times. Because as soldiers what you see is what you get. What they tell you is what they actually mean. But in politics it’s completely the opposite."
“You get stabbed in the back a lot. And sometimes in the front.”
Watch out for Evangelista's article on Rappler.com
(Video Credits: Score by Dong Abay. Writing, editing and interview by Patricia Evangelista. Video by Patricia Evangelista and Dennese Victoria. Audio by Aiah Fernandez.)
Read Sonny Trillanes' comprehensive profile on Rappler.