MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Thursday reiterated its request to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to refrain from issuing further statements about the backchannel negotiations with Chinese officials.
In a press conference, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President requested both Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Trillanes to refrain from making further statements. He said the President attested to the fact that Trillanes had some success in his role as backchannel negotiator with China.
"The position taken by Senator Trillanes is that he is a senator of the republic. We respect that but we want to - the reason why the president is not making any statements is precisely to settle these things and clear the air," he said.
"I suppose the point of the president is does it help solve the issue if a party keeps on talking? That is the reason why the President has asked both parties to refrain from making any statements. We would certainly hope that the senator would refrain from making further, further statements."
ANC Dateline Philippines, Sept. 20, 2012