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Sabah - a prized catch Pt 2
The BACK CHANNEL MAN aka DOUBLE AGENT
Philippines Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Fuentes Trillanes IV, a former Navy Lieutenant is the man who knows exactly what is going on Sabah.
Trillanes IV (born 6 August 1971 in Manila, Philippines) is a Philippine military and political figure. (You can find his details in Wikipedia). He is best known for his role in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny when he and a group of 321 armed soldiers took over the Oakwood apartment towers in Makati City, lined them with bombs and threatened to demolish them because they were tired of corruption in the army and called for the ousting of then-President Gloria Aroyo. He is an incumbent Senator of the Philippines, the first Philippine Senator to be elected while in jail.
Now, he has called on President Aquino’s administration to make known its policy on the country’s claim to Sabah and on the standoff between Malaysian security forces and a group of armed warriors loyal to Sultan of Sulu in the eastern Malaysian territory.
Read more at: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64989/trillanes-calls-on-aquino-govt-to-reveal-stand-on-sabah-claim
Trillanes was President Aquino’s backchannel link to Beijing at the height of tensions between the Philippines and China over a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) last year.
Trillanes, as told to reporters in Manila recently, is the person responsible for directly briefing President Aquino on the Sabah situation.
But some in Philippines claim he is a double agent.
He is known to get things done by playing to Washington’s tune. When he was advising Aquino during the tensions with China, he did his job fairly well by getting sound advice from the Americans while sweet talking to the Chinese at the same time.
Leaked diplomatic cables reveal that one or two American special agents will always be trailing Trillanes each time he met with top Chinese Government officials, be it in China or Manila, during the crisis negotiations.
And the Chinese probably knew it too, but they were busy playing their own games with the Americans and the Filipinos.
Regarding the standoff issue in Sabah, Trillanes was quoted as saying: “It was high time the Department of Foreign Affairs articulated the government’s policy on Sabah. Until then we’ll have to withhold further comment because this is a very sensitive issue and it involves the lives of our countrymen in Sabah”.
It appears that Trillanes knows that some lives could be lost in the Sabah standoff.