Philippines Senator Antonio Trillanes IV visited Canada cities
in the course of his trip to study Canadian practices in aid of
legislation. Trillanes, upon the invitation of the Canadian government,
traveled to Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver,
from April 11-24 to learn about anti-corruption mechanism, anti-drug
strategies, civil service, tourism programs and education systems.
A former captain in the Philippine Navy before being elected senator,
Trillanes was incarcerated for seven and a half years for mutiny
and rebellion charges that were brought against him by the Philippine
government under former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. While serving
his sentence, he was elected senator in 2007. He was later released
by President Benigno Aquino III in December 2010.
In Winnipeg for a private visit, Trillanes spent time with his
sister-in-law, Janelyn Orejana-Castillo (sister of Trillanes’
wife, Arlene) and her family including husband Arnel and their
children, EJ, Alee, Ann and Isaiah. Other family members and friends
joined them for dinner on April 22 held at the Castillo residence.
CKJS’ Lito Taruc interviewed Trillanes on air via phone
patch where the senator gave his views on major issues facing
the home country, including the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief
Justice Renato Corona where the senator sits as one of the judges.
Trillanes returned to the Philippines on April 24th from Vancouver,
his last stop in his official Canada tour.