U.S. embassy officer visits Trillanes in Senate office
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – An official from the United States embassy in Manila visited Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in his office on Wednesday, September 19.
According to the guest logbook, Josh Morris of the US embassy visited the chamber before 10 in the morning. He indicated that his purpose was to visit "various senators." At least 3 sources, who refused to be identified, also confirmed this to Rappler.
Morris also visited Senator Gregorio Honasan II and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who told reporters it was a courtesy call.
Morris is the US embassy’s internal political unit chief.
Trillanes, however, refused to confirm the visit when asked in a press conference.
“I cannot confirm...I cannot confirm yung mga ganyang klaseng (that kind of) information. I will not confirm nor deny for that matter,” Trillanes told reporters.
When told that the embassy official was seen entering and exiting his office, Trillanes only said: “Well, siguro ganun na lang (let's just leave it at that).”
Trillanes has been holed up in his Senate office since September 4, following the publication of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 ordering the revocation of his amnesty. (LOOK: Inside Trillanes' 'home' inside the Senate)
Trillanes plans to stay in the Senate until the Supreme Court decides on the legality of the proclamation, wary of a warrantless arrest by the military despite the assurance from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Trillanes, however, said he would surrender if an arrest warrant is issued by the courts. – Rappler.com
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