Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's tentacles still threaten the government.
So claims Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV--and this should be enough reason for voters to give him another six years in Senate.
"Her tentacles still remain. They are still lingering and rooted within the bureaucracy. We still need to weed them out. If we relax, they're already back in the government before we know it," reelectionist Trillanes said.
"We will make sure they don't come back among others," he added.
Trillanes, who received official endorsement from President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, was referring to Mrs. Arroyo's allies who seek crucial spots in public office for next year mid-term elections.
Zambales Rep. Ma. Milagros "Mitos" Magsaysay, one of Mrs. Arroyo's staunch allies in the House of Representatives, managed to get the endorsement of Pampanga lawmaker's rival former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada, an influential leader in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Last month, former members of Mrs. Arroyo's Lakas CMD (Christian Muslims Democrats) were able to join a Liberal Party (LP)-led coalition to support the administration's coalition with Nacionalista Party (NP) and Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) in Lowerh Congress for May 2013 polls.
Just two weeks ago, Trillanes accused Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of being "a lackey of Mrs. Arroyo" for allegedly railroading the bill seeking to divide Camarines Sur in the Senate.
He claimed that Enrile was giving in to the pressure of Mrs. Arroyo's ally - former Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte, who was said to be one of the beneficiaries once Nueva Camarines pushes through.
Trillanes vowed to keep an eye out for Mrs. Arroyo's allies, expressing no fear on what others may expose against him that could ruin his presidential bid.
"Senator Enrile can do what he wants to do and I cannot control that. I'm not afraid of him. I know he is afraid of GMA so why would I be afraid of him?" he added.
However, Trillanes expressed no guilt in committing to campaign for administration's senatorial bets who has had association to Mrs. Arroyo like Senators Ma. Anna Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal and the wife of Senator Manuel "Manny Villar.
"Senator Jamby and Senator Villar were never allied with GMA. In fact, Senator Jamby is staunch opposition leader at that time and Senator Villar, when he was senate president, he opposed GMA's move to remove from Senate," he added.
Reelectionist Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV became the last senator-elect to have his arms raised by poll officials after the May 13 elections.