Trillanes: I gave only 'factual information' to US senator

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Posted at Oct 20 2017 02:58 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2017 03:00 PM

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday said he gave only "factual information" about the Philippines during his meeting with US Senator Marco Rubio.

Malacañang had cautioned Trillanes, a longtime critic of the President, against giving "biased information" to Rubio.

"Unlike the officials of the Duterte Administration, I presented only factual information. Besides, you cannot fool the US government; they know what's happening in our country," Trillanes said in a statement.

The senator's trip to the US came a month before US President Donald Trump was scheduled to make his first visit to the Philippines for a Southeast Asian leaders' summit.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said that a bilateral meeting had been set between Duterte and Trump.

"To be clear, I did not try to stop the state visit of Pres. Trump, since these things are carefully planned and can't be stopped on the mere, say so of a Philippine senator," he said.

Trillanes confirmed Rubio's earlier statement that they discussed ties between Manila and Washington, corruption, and human rights.

"Be assured that I pushed for the interests of our country. But let me emphasize that the interests of our country are not necessarily the same as the interests of Mr. Duterte," he said.