Trillanes seeks higher office in 2016

Posted at 06/24/14 10:48 AM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV confirmed Tuesday he plans to seek higher office in 2016.

However, he said the final decision on whether he will run for the presidency or the vice-presidency is up to the Nacionalista Party.

"I should be prepared for both...When I ran back in 2007, nobody gave me a chance so it's up to fate," he said.

Trillanes said he is now studying the country's problems.

He added if he is not elected in 2016, he will no longer pursue public office.

"If I would run in 2016 and lose in that election, then I'll just have to finish my term in 2019. Then I'll just have to fade away," he said.

"I am looking at it from the point of view that 'Here I am. I am presenting myself.' I believe I am capable. The choice is up to you so if they will reject you then the writing will be very clear on the wall that you have to move on," he added.

Trillanes is a former Navy official who led the failed 2003 Oakwood Mutiny against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In 2007, he was elected senator despite being in jail due to coup charges.

In 2010, he was given provisional freedom due to an amnesty declaration of President Benigno Aquino III.

He was re-elected senator in the May 2013 elections.