Trillanes to vie for Senate seat under Robredo's slate

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) — Former Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV announced on Thursday he is running for senator in the 2022 elections under the slate of presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo.

This came a few hours after Robredo heeded the call of her supporters and declared she was vying for the top post in the upcoming polls. She has yet to publicize her senatorial ticket, but sources from her camp said Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan will be her running mate.

Trillanes said he and the Magdalo Party, which claims membership in the military, the youth and urban poor, will fully support Robredo to ensure her victory, and help the country recover from the supposed damage done during President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

Trillanes previously said he will run for president if Robredo does not file her candidacy.

In 2011, former President Benigno Aquino III granted amnesty to Trillanes and others involved in the so-called Oakwood Hotel mutiny in 2003, and the Manila Peninsula Hotel siege in 2007 in Makati City.

He served two terms as senator, where he authored the revised AFP modernization law, the anti-bullying law, and the expanded anti-trafficking in persons act.

Meanwhile, former Senator Bam Aquino said he had to forego his plans to return to the Senate after his failed bid in 2019 to lead Robredo's presidential campaign.

"Hiniling niya sa akin na maging kaniyang campaign manager sa kinakailangan ngunit napakahirap na laban na ito. Bagkus mayroon nang paghahanda patungo sa ating pagkandidato bilang senador muli, minarapat ko na isantabi ito para sa mas mahalagang laban para sa ating bayan," he said in a statement.

[Translation: She asked me to be her campaign manager during this challenging time. Although I have been preparing to run for senator, I decided to set this aside for a bigger fight for our country.]