Palace: No Trillanes talk in Mar-Xi meeting

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2012 11:07 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2012 05:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Antonio Trillanes' role as the President's back-channel negotiator was not discussed during the meeting between Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Monday.

Malacañan, however, is keeping quiet on the other details.

Lacierda said the Palace is letting Roxas be the "lead person" in answering questions about the meeting.

The Palace also declined to further comment on the latest statements of Trillanes and is letting the Department of Foreign Affairs answer queries on Philippine-Chinese relations.

Lacierda said he has no information on who funded Trillanes' first trip to China before he offered to become a backchannel negotiator.

Meantime, Lacierda said no schedule has been set yet for the President's meeting with Trillanes.

Asked to comment about Vice President Jejomar Binay's reported statement on a "Trillanes-free" political landscape, Lacierda said this is for the electorate to decide.

"That will be up to the Filipino electorate whether they would reelect Senator Trillanes. That question is best left answered by the Filipino people in the 2013 elections," Lacierda said.

Lacierda begged off from making comments if Trillanes would still be part of the administration's senatorial slate, saying he is not the spokesperson of the Liberal Party.