Trillanes blocks Neri Colmenares’ inclusion on Robredo slate

Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has unequivocally admitted that he was the one who opposed the inclusion of Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares on the Senate slate of presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo. “Definitely, it’s true that I was the one who opposed his entry primarily for the fact that the Makabayan bloc has yet to openly support and endorse the candidacy of Robredo,” said Trillanes. Trillanes’ confession was triggered by a heated confrontation on social media between supporters of the Makabayan bloc and Robredo’s supporters. Colmenares clarified that they have not yet received any invitation from Robredo’s camp even though he is one of the options for the last vacant seat on the Senate slate. Colmenares, on the other hand, called on the supporters to stop the clash first. “We told, at least those members of Makabayan, to tone it down because we need to unify the opposition… And this kind of atmosphere is not conducive to that,” said Neri Colmenares. Robredo’s camp has not yet announced who else will enter their magic 12. Last week, the camp of presidential candidate Senator Manny Pacquiao announced his senatorial state, including Colmenares. The lineup also included:
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  • Kilusang Mayo Uno chair Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog
  • Sen. Richard “Dick”
  • Sen. Migz Zubiri
  • Sen. Joel Villanueva
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  • dating senador at Antique Rep. Loren Legarda
  • dating Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay
  • Lutgardo Barbo

Trillanes admits he blocked Neri Colmenares’ inclusion on Robredo slate

Neri Colmenares is a Filipino human rights lawyer and activist. He was an associate of the Asian Law Centre at Melbourne Law School when he completed his Ph.D. in law on “The Writ of Amparo and the International Criminal Court.” He also lectured at the University of Melbourne on International Human Rights Law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. During the 15th Congress, he was a member of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Automated Elections and Vice-Chairman of the House Suffrage Committee and member of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, Natural Resources, Trade and Industry, Constitutional Amendment, Local Government, Human Rights, and Revision of Laws Committees. He was a member of the Committee on Rules and was the Senior Deputy Minority Leader in the 16th Congress. Visit our Facebook page for more news updates.