Palace hopeful Trillanes not spreading lies to harm PH-US relations

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 21, 2017

Malacañang is hopeful that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was not spreading lies that may harm relations between the Philippines and the United States.

"I would like to confirm the information that I met with senior USA government officials to include Senator Marco Rubio", Trillanes, an outspoken critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, said in a brief statement sent from overseas.

Trillanes, known as a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte left the country on a trip to the US.

On his Twitter account, Rubio confirmed the meeting as well, "Senator @TrillanesSonny & I discussed U.S. -#Philippines alliance, combating corruption & protecting #humanrights amid their narcotic crisis".

The senator's trip to the US came a month before US President Donald Trump was scheduled to make his first visit to the Philippines for a Southeast Asian leaders' summit.

Pimentel chose to not comment on what could Trillanes' motive be and asked the media to direct the questions to the latter. "Trillanes since I am overseas trying my best to develop, enhance, and strengthen PH relations with various countries", Pimentel said. If we love our country, we should always promote our beloved country's best interest.

Rubio, a Republican, and Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin filed in May the proposed "Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act of 2017", seeking to restrict exports of certain arms and equipment to the Philippine National Police because of the killings that have marked the Duterte government's war on drugs. The PNP used to lead the said campaign until Duterte appointed PDEA as the "sole agency" to do the job.

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