U.S. diplomat's visit to Trillanes, Sotto is 'regular' – Cayetano
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Thursday, September 20, that he sees nothing wrong about the recent visit of a US diplomat to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
"It's usual for diplomats to visit senators, legislators, congressmen, whether it's about diplomatic ties or whether about some bills being passed," said Cayetano, a former senator, in an interview around 10:30 pm on Thursday, September 20, after the plenary deliberations on his agency's budget.
"So as long as there's no crossing of the lines in being involved in local governance, then of course we always presume it is regular and it's part of their job," Cayetano added.
Josh Morris, internal political unit chief of the US embassy in the Philippines, visited Trillanes, Sotto, and Senator Gregorio Honasan II at the Senate on Wednesday, September 19.
His visit was recorded in the Senate's guest logbook.
Sotto said Morris' visit was a courtesy call.
Trillanes is Duterte's fiercest critic.
At the same time, Duterte has also welcomed statements by US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) on September 10 if it would proceed with investigations into America's war crimes in Afghanistan or into any of its allies. – Rappler.com