Who is Sonny?

Antonio Fuentes Trillanes IV, or Sonny to his relatives and friends, was born and raised in Caloocan City. He traces his roots to Ligao, Albay in Bicol where his late father, Antonio Sr., grew up. His mother, Estelita, hails from the province of Capiz.

Sonny is 46 years old; born on August 6, 1971. He is married to the former Arlene G. Orejana with two children namely: Francis Seth and Thea Estelle. Their third child, Alan Andrew, died of an illness while he was just twenty-one days old.

He studied at De La Salle University in Manila where he took up BS ECE from 1987 to 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. Other awards he received while in PMA are the Mathematics Plaque, Physical Science Plaque, and the Tambuli Award for electrical/electronics engineering.

In 2002, Sonny took up graduate studies at the University of the Philippines and got his masters degree in Public Administration major in Public Policy and Program Management.  For the duration of the masteral program, he received two University Scholar Awards for obtaining two semestral GPAs of 1.0 to 1.25 and a College Scholar Award for obtaining a semestral GPA of 1.25 to 1.50.

After graduating from PMA, Sonny 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 off Batanes, Ilocos, Cagayan, Isabela, Zambales, Scarborough, Quezon, Bicol, Palawan, Mindoro, Romblon, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Davao and Maguindanao.

Other shore positions he held were: Administrative/Personnel Officer of Philippine Fleet Patrol Force; and Procurement Officer/Instructor, Naval Education & Training Command.

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, Sonny 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.

As procurement officer of the Naval Training and Education Command, Philippine Navy, Sonny reformed the procurement system, which resulted to the accumulated savings of more than four million pesos in favor of the government.

He has participated in 22 naval exercises conducted with local and foreign navies.

For his meritorious service to his country, Sonny has been awarded a total of 23 assorted merit medals, campaign ribbons and badges.

Finally, during the recent May 14, 2007 mid-term Elections, Sonny 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.

Personal

Date of Birth 06 August 1971
Hometown Caloocan City
Spouse Arlene Orejana Trillanes
Children Francis Seth O. Trillanes
Thea Estelle O. Trillanes
Alan Andrew O. Trillanes (deceased)

Education

Post Graduate

National and International Security Program Harvard Kennedy School – 2014

Master of Public Administration major in Public Policy and Program Management
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 2002-2005

AWARDS:
Two (2) University Scholar Awards (GPA 1.0-1.25)
College Scholar Award (GPA 1.25-1.50)

College

BS ECE (4th year)
De La Salle University, Manila 1987-1991

BS Naval Systems Engineering
Philippine Military Academy 1991-1995
AWARDS: Cum Laude
Mathematics Plaque
Physical Sciences Plaque

Tambuli Award
(Electrical/Electronics Engineering)

Secondary

Angelicum School, Quezon City 1983-1987

Elementary

Sienna College, Quezon City 1975-1983

Professional Experience

Senator, Republic of the Philippines

2013- Present:

Chairman of the Committee on National Defense and Security

Chairman of the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation

Chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee on The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010

Chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee on the AFP Modernization Act

Chairman of the Select Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Confidential Funds

Chairman of the Legislative Oversight Committee on the Visiting Forces Agreement

 

2007-2010:

Chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization

Chairman of the Committee on Amateur Sports Competitiveness

Chairman of the Senate Select Oversight Committee on Government Procurement

Chairman of the Committee on Amateur Sports Competitiveness

Chairman of the Senate Select Oversight Committee on Government Procurement

 

Philippine Navy Officer

Junior Billet/ Sea Duty Assignments

April 1995 – February 1999

Executive Officer, Patrol Gunboat

February 1999 – January 2000

 Acting Commanding Officer, Patrol Gunboat

June 1999 – January 2000

Administrative / Personnel Officer (P1), HQ Patrol Force

 June 1999 – January 2000

Procurement Officer / Instructor

 Naval Education and Training Command
 January 2000 – June 2001

Professional Achievements

  • He was one of the Navy personnel who risked their lives to secure thirty-two (32) persons during a 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.
  • As a Navy Officer, he has a five-year sea duty experience logging-in a Total Miles Covered (TMC) of 35,316.78 nautical miles. During which time, his unit was responsible for the apprehension of 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.
  • He was involved in numerous naval operations in support of ground operations directed against the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements.
  • As procurement officer of the Naval Training and Education Command, Philippine Navy, he reformed the procurement system, which resulted to the accumulated savings of more than P4,000,000.00 in favor of the government.
  • He has participated in 22 naval exercises conducted with local and foreign navies.
  • He is a recipient of 23 assorted merit medals, campaign ribbons and badges.
  • He stood up against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s corrupt and oppressive regime, and was incarcerated for almost 7 ½ years.
LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
  • He is one of the most productive senators in terms of the number of bills and resolutions filed, totalling to 1,077 bills and resolutions, 52 of which have been passed into law (from 2007 to present).
  • During the 16th Congress (2013-present) he ranks 1st based on the total number of:
    • National Bills approved on 3rd Reading (10 bills)
    • National Bills (as Principal Author) passed into law
    • Committee Reports on National Bills sponsored (19 bills)   ̶ 10 of which have been approved on 3rd reading; 5 have been passed into law; 4 are pending for deliberation
  • During the 15th Congress (2010-2013) he ranked 1st based on the total number of:
    • National Bills (as Principal Sponsor) passed into law
    • National Bills (as Principal Author) passed into law (15th Congress)