Trillanes believes he is still relevant

Posted at 10/03/2012 1:02 PM | Updated as of 10/03/2012 8:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Antonio Trillanes said he will remain relevant for as long as there are reforms needed in the country.

Trillanes, who filed today his certificate of candidacy, believes Filipinos will still vote for him even if their reason in electing him as senator six years ago is no longer the issue today.

Trillanes won in 2007 at the height of anti-Arroyo sentiments. He led two failed coups against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Trillanes was then a soldier in the Oakwood mutiny, and as senator he later led the stand off at the Manila Peninsula.

Trillanes believes he is still relevant even with former Arroyo no longer in power. He pointed out he is also an ally of President Benigno Aquino III.

He brushed aside Senate Pres. Juan Ponce Enrile's threat to campaign against him. Enrile alleged Trillanes sold the country’s sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal to China.

He said it is now up to the voters, pointing out that in 2007, he won even while in detention. He said he is not afraid of Enrile.

Trillanes is the 30th to file his COC.