MANILA - (UPDATE) Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visited Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in his Senate office Wednesday, where he has been holed up since President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty a week ago.
Both vocal critics of the President, Sereno and Trillanes spoke over lunch as seen in photos released by the senator's office.
"We shared thoughts and hopes for the future," Sereno told reporters in a press conference after her meeting with Trillanes.
Asked whether she offered any legal advice to the embattled senator, Sereno responded: "I have not gone back to legal process. I'm still in the period of getting a deeper and broader picture of where our country is going forward and what my role in that future is."
Trillanes is facing possible arrest after Duterte voided his amnesty for his supposed failure to formally apply for it and admit guilt. This revived charges filed against him for leading uprisings in 2003 and 2007, when he was still a Navy lieutenant.
He is fighting Duterte's order in court. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court denied his plea for a temporary restraining order and ruled that the Makati Regional Trial Court, which handles cases related to his past mutinies, must decide on the legality of the President's proclamation.
The Senate leadership earlier allowed Trillanes to stay in his office as he deals with the case.
The senator was among the most vocal dissenters to Sereno's ouster.
Prior to Sereno's removal from the high court via quo warranto proceedings, Trillanes sought to dismiss Solicitor General Jose Calida's case against the former chief magistrate.
After Sereno's removal from office, the senator asked the Supreme Court to reverse its ruling, arguing that impeachment is the sole method to remove a sitting chief justice.
Sereno is among personalities the opposition Liberal Party is eyeing for its 2019 senatorial slate.