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Antonio Fuentes Trillanes IV, born  on August 6, 1971. He is a retired Navy officer who served as a Senator of the Philippines, and is now an ardent critic against the Duterte administration. He was a vice presidential candidate in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.


He is 48 years old.

Birth Sign

His Birth sign is Leo.

Early Life

Trillanes was born and raised in Caloocan, the son of the Philippine Navy captain, Antonio Floranza Trillanes, Sr. (PMA Class ’59) from Ligao City, Albay, and Estelita Dia Fuentes de Ivisan, Capiz. He is the brother of Antonio Jr. and Antonio III.


His elementary years were spent at Siena College, Quezon City from 1975–1983, and from 1983–1987, his secondary education was at Angelicum College in Quezon City. In 1990, while a fourth year BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) student from De La Salle University on Taft Avenue, Manila, he took and passed the PMA entrance examination. He formally entered into public service the following year as a cadet in the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated cum laude in 1995, while earning a degree in BS Naval System Engineering. Other awards he received while in PMA are the Mathematics Plaque, Physical Science Plaque, and the Tambuli Award for electrical/electronics engineering. In 2002, Trillanes took up his graduate studies at the National College of Public Administration and Governance at UP Diliman, and got his master’s degree in Public Administration, Major in Public Policy and Program Management.

For the duration of the masters program, he received two University Scholar Awards for obtaining two semestral GPAs of 1.0 to 1.25 and a College Scholar Award for obtaining a semestral GPA of 1.25 to 1.50. In 2014, he attended the National and International Security program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Military Career

He was one of the members of the Navy who risked their lives to secure thirty-two (32) people during a daring search and rescue operation for the survivors of the unfortunate Princess of the East M / V at the height of a super typhoon in 1998. As a Navy officer, he had five years of experience in the maritime service recording a total covered miles (TMC) of 35,316.78 nautical miles. During that time, his unit was responsible for the capture of dozens of smugglers, illegal loggers, poachers, human smugglers, and illegal fishermen in numerous maritime law enforcement operations conducted in the waters of Batanes, Ilocos, Cagayan, Isabela, Zambales , Scarborough, Quezon, Bicol, Palawan, Mindoro, Romblon, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Davao and Maguindanao. He was involved in numerous naval operations in support of ground operations directed against Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements. As a procurement officer for the Philippine Navy Naval Education and Training Command, he reformed the procurement system, resulting in cumulative savings of more than P4,000,000.00 in favor of the government. He participated in 22 naval exercises carried out with local and foreign navies. He received 23 merit medals, campaign ribbons, and insignia.

Political Career

Oakwood Mutiny Trillanes was known for leading the Oakwood riot in 2003 when he and 321 junior officers and enlisted men from the Philippine Armed Forces who called themselves “Bagong Katipuneros” took over the serviced apartment tower of the Ayala Premier Center Oakwood (now Ascott Makati) in Makati City. as a protest against the alleged rampant corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration in the Philippine government, in the Philippine Armed Forces. He was detained for almost seven and a half years.

Manila Peninsula siege

Trillanes presented his candidacy certificate on February 7, 2007 to run as an independent senatorial candidate despite being arrested for complicity in a failed coup. Later, he accepted an invitation from the Genuine Opposition Party (GO) as one of his invited candidates to fight against the Arroyo administration. He campaigned successfully, while in jail, through the social networking site Friendster. Trillanes was proclaimed senator-elect on June 15, 2007 by the Electoral Commission. He is the second-youngest senator after Benigno Aquino, Jr., elected at the age of 35 (his partymate Bam Aquino joined him as the youngest-elected senator in 2013) On July 23, 2007, Trillanes’ motion for an “agreement” with the Makati RTC that would allow him to fulfill his duties as a senator while in detention, and to allow him to attend SONA, was not approved. A week later, Judge Oscar Pimentel denied Trillanes’ plea for an arrest warrant to attend Senate sessions, and to establish an office inside Fort Bonifacio in the city of Taguig, where he had been detained. In response to the continued imprisonment of Trillanes despite his election as a senator, former civil society president Francisco Nemenzo, Jr. and former vice president Teofisto Guingona, Jr. of civil society launched the “Paglingkurin si Trillanes Movement [ Let Trillanes Serve] “in Pasay City on August 23, 2007. Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros, Ana María Nemenzo of the Freedom from Debt Coalition, opposition leader José Alcuaz and Trillanes spokesperson Sonny Rivera were present.

In the May 2007 Senate elections, Trillanes successfully launched a nationwide campaign from his prison cell while running for and winning a seat in the Philippine Senate on a tight budget. He was elected to the Senate as a guest candidate for the genuine opposition ticket against the administration, and took office on June 30, 2007. He made history as the first Filipino senator to be elected while in prison when more than 11 million people they voted it. at the office On November 29, 2007, Trillanes, along with soldiers facing coup charges in connection with the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, left the courtroom while attending a hearing at the Peninsula Manila hotel in the city of Makati, to reiterate its call for the removal of the then President Gloria Macapagal


Despite calls from civil society groups to allow Trillanes to serve as a senator in accordance with his election, Judge Oscar Pimentel denied Trillanes’ request to attend Senate sessions on September 20, 2007, for failure of merit, and ruled that his imprisonment would not be an obstacle to fulfilling his duties as a senator. His petition, which was rejected by the lower court, Senator Trillanes filed a petition with the Philippine Supreme Court, requesting that he be allowed to attend Senate sessions. Representing him was his attorney Reynaldo Robles. That request included a request to be allowed to receive visitors in his prison at Fort Bonifacio. On October 17, 2007, the Philippine Supreme Court, in a banc resolution, ordered the Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) and Makati Magistrate Court Judge Oscar Pimentel to comment within 10 days on the request of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. However, these requests were later overshadowed by Trillanes’ decision to organize another action against the Gloria Arroyo administration. On November 29, 2007, the senator led a siege, this time at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. After leaving his court hearing, he and Brigadier General Danilo Lim took their supporters to the hotel where they staged another coup d’etat asking the public to join them. Six hours later, after military teams surrounded the hotel and armored personnel carriers entered through the hotel’s front door, Trillanes and his companions surrendered.


On December 20, 2010, Trillanes received provisional release pending the recognition of President Benigno Aquino III’s amnesty declaration. According to Proclamation 75, the Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin, granted amnesty to Trillanes and other military personnel who participated in the coups. He was able for the first time to enter the Senate and perform his functions as a senator. After formalizing his candidacy for reelection in October 2012, Trillanes presented his candidacy certificate for the 2013 elections at the main office of the Election Commission in Manila. He ran under the banner of the Nationalist Party, which allied with the ruling Liberal Party in the 2013 midterm elections. Trillanes ranked ninth among the 12 winning senators. Trillanes was proclaimed senator-elect on May 20, 2013 by the Electoral Commission with an official count of 14,127,722 votes. In the Senate, he is one of the most productive senators in terms of numerical bills, resolutions, and committee reports submitted, for a total of 1,490 bills and resolutions, 97 of which have been passed from 2007 to the present. It occupies the first place based on the total number of:

National bills approved (as lead author) (2010-2019)

National bills passed (as main sponsor) (2010-2016)

Total number of invoices and resolution archived (2010-2019)

National bills approved (2007-2019) On June 4, 2019)

the Philippine Senate adopted Resolution No. 157 to express gratitude and thanks to Trillanes for their invaluable contributions to the Senate and to the nation during his tenure as senator. He has served as a senator for two (2) consecutive terms (2007-2013 and 2013-2019) and recorded the largest number of legislative measures enacted in law as lead author and lead sponsor.

Vice presidential campaign

Trillanes declared his intention to run for a higher position as vice president in the 2016 national elections. Trillanes began his vice presidential campaign during the MAGDALO Coalition general assembly at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City, and declared his candidacy on October 3 2015. Trillanes and the Magdalo group have formally shown their support for Senator Grace Poe’s presidential bid. . Trillanes paid for several commercials with schoolchildren and snippets of Rodrigo Duterte videos, including a video showing him wagging his finger, on May 5, 2016 on ABS-CBN, sparking controversy and adverse reactions. The broadcasts were described as “black propaganda”. Alan Peter Cayetano petitioned the Taguig Regional Trial Court, and they soon issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the broadcast of the ads against Duterte for 72 hours. Cayetano told GMA News that the political announcement was part of a conspiracy devised by Malacañang and other candidates against Duterte. Trillanes finally lost the 2016 vice presidential race to Liberal Party candidate Leni Robredo.

Criticism And Disputes

Rivalry against Duterte Before the 2016 elections, he alleged that the former mayor of the city of Davao and incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte had an account at the Julia Vargas branch of BPI (allegedly Php 211 M) according to him. Likewise, President Duterte alleges that Trillanes closed his accounts at DBS Bank days before going to Singapore, and then demonstrated that no such accounts existed. This became a source of controversy on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Since then, Trillanes became Duterte’s rival. Duterte’s common law wife, Honeylet Avancena, defended Duterte against the Trillanes controversies. On February 13, 2018, Trillanes was declared persona non grata by Davao city officials. On July 19, 2019, the PNP – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed charges against Trillanes and other members of the opposition for “sedition, cyber libel, defamation, fraud, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice” . On February 10, 2020, Trillanes and 10 others were charged with “conspiracy to commit sedition” for an alleged expulsion plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. Revocation of the amnesty by President Duterte On August 31, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 572, revoking Trillanes’ amnesty. Duterte ordered the Department of Justice and the Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) to review all criminal cases in relation to the 2003 Oakwood riot and the 2007 Peninsula siege. Shortly afterward, Trillanes told reporters not to He was going to evade the case and also told Duterte that he was not afraid of him. The amnesty (Proclamation No. 50) was granted by then President Benigno Aquino III and then issued Proclamation 75, which replaces Proclamation no. 50 in 2010. On September 7, the Department of Justice filed the request for the arrest and pending departure against Trillanes, and Acting Attorney General Richard Fadullon signed it in Section 150 of the Makati Court of First Instance as “very urgent.”

Opposition politicians voiced their condemnation of the amnesty revocation: Magdalo’s representative, Gary Alejano, who also led the mutiny with Trillanes, calls it “political persecution” of Duterte’s critic and also criticized Duterte for what he said. He called it a “clear act of revenge” against Trillanes. Akbayan’s representative, Tom Villarin, called the revocation “very absurd” and “clearly a political revenge.” On September 7, former Attorney General Florin Hilbay said in an interview that the decision against Trillanes is similar to the case of Senator Leila de Lima, who was arrested for allegedly violating drug trafficking law almost a year and a half ago. Trillanes’ supporters gathered outside the Senate and held a vigil. Duterte severely criticized Trillanes, describing the latter as “corrupt” and accusing him of “abandoning” the military for his personal interests. On October 22, the Makati Regional Court of First Instance denied the government’s request that Trillanes be arrested, saying that the coup d’état case against the senator had already been dismissed on September 21, 2011, and that the dismissal it was “final and enforceable”.

Personal Life

Trillanes is married to Arlene G. Orejana, a former faculty member at the Philippine Military Academy, a PMA Class 1997 graduate, and together they had three children; Francis Seth, Thea Estelle and Alan Andrew (who died at 21 days).

Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth in 2019 $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)

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