Cayetano says nothing unusual in US embassy official's Senate visit

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2018 05:21 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2018 07:10 AM

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Thursday there is nothing irregular about the visit of a US diplomat to the Senate, including the office of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

"It’s usual for diplomats to visit senators, legislators, congressmen, whether it’s about diplomatic ties or whether about some bills na napapasa," he said after the plenary deliberations on DFA’s budget at the House of Representatives.

"As long as there’s no crossing of the lines in being involved in local governance… We always presume na regular and it’s part of their job," he added.

Josh Morris, who is reportedly a US Embassy political officer, arrived at Senate Thursday morning to meet with senators including Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III and Sen. Gringo Honasan, according to the Senate's logbook.

Sotto said Morris' visit was a courtesy call.

Trillanes neither confirmed nor denied that Morris visited him, even as some witnessed the diplomat coming out of his office.

He has been holed up in the Senate since President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation voiding his amnesty.