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Useless paranoia



It turned out that Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ paranoia that made him seek the sanctuary of the Senate was unfounded or that he merely abused the kindness of his colleagues for an extended media exposure.

Trillanes’ only excuse to have nearly a month’s free lodging was that he was being tailed and that his house is under surveillance.

Both alibis are hard to take from a former military officer who should be familiar with intelligence and security procedures.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leadership during a budget hearing at the Senate admitted that Trillanes was under guard but only for his protection and not for reasons that the senator had stated.

AFP chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. may have been guffawing inside during questioning from Trillanes at the Senate hearing when the senator brought out his primordial fears right at the plenary hall.

Trillanes was questioning the AFP chief of staff about snoops following him and moving about near his home just recently even after he left the Senate premises.

Contrary to the belief of the senator who has been under constant paranoia ever since Proclamation 572 that invalidated the amnesty granted by his benefactor former President Noynoy Aquino was issued, the AFP chief of staff said the agents were there for his protection.

After uncovering the “Red October” plot, the military had mobilized resources to foil it and securing the fiercest political foes of Rody is necessary since anything detrimental that happens to them can be instantly blamed on the President.

Galvez said the ultimate agenda of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-led ouster move is to push Rody to declare a nationwide martial law which would be a rehash of steps it took that resulted in the 1972 declaration of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

“We want to make sure that nothing bad happens to you. That is the main purpose,” Galvez told Trillanes.

Galvez cited plans to sabotage the government which he did not elaborate on but which apparently involved the safety of Trillanes.

Immediately after Proclamation 572 was issued, reports of destabilization attempts against the Duterte administration cropped up which the CPP is leading in a conspiracy with the yellow Tindig Pilipinas.

Tindig Pilipinas personalities were among the frequent visitors of Trillanes when he was holed up at the Senate, making doubtful his claim he knew nothing of the plot.

The senator also claimed to have a network of informants inside the military which would necessarily mean that he should know the purpose of soldiers tracking him.

Trillanes in one of his interviews yielded the fact that he fears military arrest the most apparently including the prospect of facing officers who are his upper classmen at the Philippine Military Academy.

Such fear was evident as he stayed at the Senate even after he was allowed to post P200,000 bail by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on rebellion charges for his temporary liberty and despite Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statement there will be no warrantless arrest against him.

Aside from the civil court, Trillanes also faces court martial proceedings after his amnesty was voided.

Trillanes went home last Saturday after the Makati City RTC Branch 148 deferred the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest for his coup d’etat charges.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque advised Trillanes to get over his paranoia since he is completely safe unless his fears get the better of him and create the trouble that he is crowing about.

The missing ingredient in the CPP plot is a martyr or martyrs that would catalyze social unrest based on the 1972 formula that it is following.

The 1972 martial law declaration was prodded by the Plaza Miranda bombing that based on investigations made was masterminded by CPP founding chairman Joma Sison.

The Reds in a tieup with the yellows capitalized on the killing of former Sen. Ninoy Aquino to launch the 1986 People Power that ousted the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

The AFP knows that Trillanes alive makes it harder for the communists to spring their plot.