CSU 2015 graduates and 38th Commencement Guest of Honor and Speaker Hon. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV came in his regal gait to inspire the 2015 graduates on April 7, 2015.
The bemedaled gentleman has been awarded a total of 23 assorted merit medals, campaign ribbons and badges. He has participated in 22 naval exercises conducted with local and foreign navies.
The senator successfully launched a nationwide campaign from his prison cell as he ran and won a seat in the Philippine Senate on a shoestring budget. More than 11 million people voted him into office on a strong anti-corruption advocacy.
The handsome senator studied at De La Salle University, Manila where he took up Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from 1987-1991.
He formally entered into public service in 1991 as a cadet in the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated Cum Laude in 1995, while earning a degree in BS Naval System Engineering. While in the PMA, Senator Sonny received awards of Excellence in Mathematics, Physical Science, and the Tambuli Award for electrical/electronics engineering.
In 2002, Senator Trillanes took up graduate studies at the University of the Philippines and got his Masters in Public Administration major in Public Policy and Program Management degree. He received two University Scholar Awards for a General Point Grade Average of 1.0 and 1.25 and a College Scholar Award for a GPA of 1.25.
Recently, he finished the National and International Security Course under the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge Massachusetts.
After graduating from the PMA, Senator Trillanes went through all shipboard assignments starting from Mess & Supply Officer; Deck & Gunnery Officer; Engineering & Damage Control Officer; Executive Officer; and, ultimately as Acting Commanding Officer of a patrol gunboat.
During his five-year sea duty experience, his unit apprehended dozens of smugglers, illegal loggers, poachers, human smugglers and illegal fishermen in numerous maritime law enforcement operations conducted in the waters of Batanes, Ilocos, Cagayan, Isabela, Zambales, Scarborough, Quezon, Bicol, Palawan, Mindoro, Romblon, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Davao and Maguindanao.
Among the highlights of his military profession, was the daring search and rescue operation for the survivors of the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Orient at the height of a super typhoon in 1998. For this act of risking their own lives in the fulfillment of their duty, Senator Trillanes and his unit managed to rescue thirty-two (32) survivors. He was also involved in numerous naval operations in support of ground operations directed against the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements.
Now on his second term, Senator Trillanes vows to serve his country by continuing his advocacies on peace and order, anti-corruption, and poverty alleviation. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security and the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization.
He is one of the most productive senators with a total of 1,054 bills and resolutions filed, 45 of these bills have been passed into law. Foremost of which are the AFP Modernization Law; Archipelagic Baselines Law; Immediate Release of Retirement Benefits of Government Employees; Salary Standardization Law; PAG-IBIG Fund Law; Magna Carta for Disabled Persons; Expanded Senior Citizens Act; Anti-Bullying Act; and Burial Assistance for Veterans.
Senator Trillanes challenged everyone, especially the youth, that the task of nation-building belongs to all of us and he is inviting everyone to take an active part.