- Senator reportedly trying to dissuade US president’s visit to PH in November
- He has supposedly talked with US counterparts about EJKs, war on drugs in PH
- US senator confirmed talking with Trillanes over US-PH concerns
MANILA, Philippines – Is Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV trying to prevent a meeting between US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte?
According to a source who told the Philippine Star, Duterte’s foremost critic has flown to Los Angeles and reportedly reached out to his counterparts in the United States to try and cancel Trump’s visit to the Philippines for the ASEAN summit next month.
“Trillanes has been discussing the human rights situation in the country and trying to convince the US senators to discourage Trump from coming to the Philippines,” the source told the Philippine Star.
Trump is scheduled to visit the country as part of his Asian tour slated from Novemer 3 to 14.
“The visit is really about ASEAN and not just the Philippines,” the source said.
Photos of Trillanes meeting with US solons have also been circulating online. Among them were Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and Alabama Representative Robert Aderholt.
The photos were taken by a certain “Mark J Finlay” who is described in his Linkedin account a as a “GeoPolitical Counselor”.
In a tweet, Rubio confirmed he indeed met and talked with Trillanes over a number of matters.
“Senator Trillanes and I discussed US-Philippines alliance, combating corruption and protecting human rights amid their narcotics crisis,” he tweeted.
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) October 17, 2017
Trillanes’ staff, on the other hand, confirmed that he was in indeed in LA but declined to reveal more details.
“We don’t know anything about that but the senator is indeed in LA,” the staff said.