Antonio F. Trillanes IV (born on August 6, 1971, in Manila), popularly known as Sonny, is a politician and former soldier.
He was a Philippine senator for two terms, serving until 2019. He ran and lost in the vice presidential race in the 2016 elections.
Prior to joining politics, Trillanes was in active military service for at least eight years.
In 2003, he was arrested and faced coup d’etat charges after leading over 300 junior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in taking over Oakwood Premier in Makati City to protest alleged corruption in the Arroyo administration and other anomalies within the military. Trillanes also faced second rebellion charges in November 2007 after walking out of a hearing and taking over the Manila Peninsula with other members of the Magdalo group.
He won the 2007 senatorial elections while detained.
Trillanes was granted amnesty in January 2011, following a general amnesty proclamation for mutineers signed in October 2010 by then-president Benigno Aquino III.
Trillanes is one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration. In 2018, Duterte revoked the amnesty granted to him, leading to his arrest, but was able to post bail. He is also facing a conspiracy to commit sedition charge in relation to the Bikoy videos, which tagged key members of the President’s circle as alleged members of drug syndicates.
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