Trillanes plans to teach after Senate stint


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Thursday he plans to join the academe and take up a teaching job once his two-term, 12-year stint in the Senate ends this year.

Trillanes, who will bow out of the legislature in June, said he might teach subjects on governance and public policy in college and graduate studies.

“I would like to believe marami naman tayo mashi-share sa kabataan, maituturo sa kanila. (I would like to believe that we have a lot to share, teach to the youth.),” he told reporters.

A former Navy officer who twice led unsuccessful mutinies to topple then-President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the 47-year-old senator has a masters degree in public administration from the University of the Philippines.

Calling his Senate stint a “worthwhile experience,” Trillanes said he has learned a lot about the “internal dynamics of lawmaking.”

“Merong frustrating moments, meron ding rewarding moments kapag nakapasa ka ng batas na ramdam ng taumbayan but most of the time parang di sensational ang institutional reforms. (There are frustrating moments, there are rewarding moments when you have passed a bill for our countrymen, but most of the time institutional reforms appear to be not sensational.),” he said.

First elected to the Senate in 2007, Trillanes said the chamber’s oversight function has been effective in maintaining checks and balances in government.

“Yung realization, marami pang pwedeng gawin, dito (Your realization that you have a lot to do here) as a senator, peculiar vantage point of seeing the inner part of the government and you have access to a pool of resources to come up with solution. [It’s a] very worthwhile experience,” he said.

Trillanes said he is leaving it to fate whether he should eye a Senate return in the future.

“I don’t see it happening but we will see how it goes kung saan tayo dalhin ng tadhana. (where fate takes us.),” he said. — MDM, GMA News