Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s in horror of them all?
That would be Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as the ghosts of his rebellious past have returned to haunt him ahead of Halloween. What started as a bad omen with the discovery of his bogus amnesty for his failed attempt to topple the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is now a full-blown nightmare for the seditious lawmaker.
Proclamation 572 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on 31 August that declared as void ab initio the amnesty granted to him by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2011 first spooked Trillanes forcing him to hole up in his Senate office like a dracula hiding from the morning light and vampire hunters. The refuge was short-lived, however.
Ghost-busters are helpless in fending off Trillanes’ self-inflicted curse as he was served Tuesday a warrant issued by Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda for the 2007 Manila Peninsula putsch he led. National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Eleazar led a team of police officers and a court sheriff in arresting the senator and escorting him to the Makati City Police Station for his mugshot. Trillanes posted bail avoiding detention and immediately returned to his hideout but not unscathed.
Reeling from a wounded pride, the P200,000 bond he gave for his temporary freedom was also a wallet shocker for the certified poorest senator. Another shock is expected when his second arrest warrant is issued by Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano this time for his 2003 Oakwood mutiny. The amnesty for that putsch was also void.
While the incubus of the impending second arrest hounds his soul, the more frightening horror house looms. Suspense is building up for the possibility of returning to his former cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City where a colleague’s soul is also being tormented by her evil past.
There is no one else to blame if Trillanes ends up in the dark abyss. That is the price for reprising his 2003 and 2007 adventurism with President Rodrigo Duterte as his new target. The fear may not be showing in his poker face but it was evident when he called for a miracle.
“As it is, a miracle is what we’re waiting from Branch 148,” Trillanes said in a briefing at his office Tuesday referring to the court that is studying his case.
There’s a premonition though as he said “we have to expect for the worst.”
Unbeknown to Trillanes, miracles don’t happen as Nora Aunor’s Elsa character declared in the award-winning 1982 film “Himala.”
As if Trillanes’ Halloween is not thrilling enough, the senator continues to create trouble by badmouthing Duterte and inciting to sedition. He also has threatened to get back at the President and caused his arrest aside from accusing the latter’s son and son-in-law of shabu smuggling.
“I hope he’s watching this now because he will go through the same procedure soon,” Trillanes was quoted as telling reporters while under arrest, referring to the President.
Such conjuring by the Navy officer-turned-politician may just open another Pandora’s box and worsen his predicament that it would take exorcism to free his mind and spirit from the hate and politicking infecting it.