Who does a man with nothing to lose serve?

Posted by watchmen
July 10, 2017
Posted in OPINION

When a man has nothing to lose, you see his real character.
It is when he has little to no possibilities that you can determine the kind of person he is; observe the decisions he makes, the sides he takes, the battles he picks, the beliefs he fights for, and the version of truth he would die for.
After the BBC’s Stephen Sackur interviewed Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes on the popular show “HARDtalk,” there was both an influx of praise for President Rodrigo Duterte and ridicule for the senator.
The public lauded Sackur for having done his research and for striking at the jugular – and making a fool of Trillanes.
Even Trillanes’ fellow lawmakers appeared to shake their heads in embarrassment (or pretend embarrassment, since to not disagree with him means they are just like him, worthy of being laughed at) over many of his statements.
Sackur is indeed a big fish when it comes to journalism and he has faced other notable interviewees, including Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore; obviously, Trillanes, given how the interview turned out, paled in comparison.
However, whenever I see comments from fellow Pinoys about Trillanes trying to steal the spotlight and making a fool of himself or hear people saying Trillanes did nothing in the interview but put himself and the entire opposition to shame, I don’t only feel bad for the man, I also feel sorry for us Filipinos.
Today, I find a lot of things the senator does a little dubious,
I always go back to Oakwood Mutiny. I remember it was a protest of about 300 junior officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, led by Trillanes to expose rampant corruption in the government.
He was eventually jailed for it.
Trillanes later ran for senator and won and, to this day, he serves another term.
He also tried to bring down the corrupt government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
These days he is doing it again, maybe not for corruption, but something just as inhumane.
He has already been jailed for something like this, so, although he is not the best person to have been interviewed by Sackur, after all he has fought for this nation, I cannot ridicule the man – not when he picks a fight with administrations like that of Arroyo and current President Rodrigo Duterte.
The fact that he picks a fight shows he is serving this nation./WDJ

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