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Treason More Likely: Senator Rubio Learns the Art of Dealing with his President Unlike Trillanes


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Elena Grace Flores

Treason is the crime of betraying one’s country. An attempt to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government is an example. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that he only presented facts about the situation in the Philippines. This is during his meeting with US Republican Marco Rubio in the United States. What he probably did not know is that – in spite of his US counterpart’s influence and drug war criticisms, he has made amends with the American President.

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[VIDEO]: Sen. Trillanes, nakipagpulong kay U.S. Sen. Rubio na tutol din sa war on drugs, ayon sa Malacañang

Rubio Found the US President’s Soft Spot

Rubio’s allies believe he has struck a difficult balance on his dealings with the US President but he actually achieved it. On some issues, the gentleman from Florida remains openly critical of him. On others, including Cuba policy, he has found a way to partner with the president to pursue his own priorities. “He seems to have found a sweet spot, or maybe I should call it ‘the art of dealing with Trump,’ ” Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist, and friend of Rubio, said in an email. “He works with the US leader on what he can, issues like Venezuela and Cuba, that Marco and our community care about enormously. But he still manages at times — distances himself from the President and criticizes him when he goes off the rails.”

Factual but Anti-Du30

Trillanes denies that he tried to convince US lawmakers to persuade the US President to cancel his planned visit to Manila in November. This is for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit (ASEAN) and other Meetings. “I would like to confirm the information that I met with senior US government officials to include Marco Rubio. As mentioned in the tweet of Rubio, we talked about enhancing RP-US relations, corruption, and the human rights situation in the country,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes can’t Fool the US

“To be clear, I did not try to stop the state visit of President Trump since these things are carefully planned and cannot be stopped on the mere say-so of a Philippine lawmaker,” Trillanes explained. Malacañang earlier expressed hope that Trillanes did not give “biased” information to US officials that would “adversely affect” the ties between the two countries. He denied this and insists that he just presented factual information. After all, no one can “fool” the US government on the status in the Philippines, he added. Filipinos, however, already know that his perception on the President is damaging to the country, just like VP Leni Robredo’s UN message in a video.

Removal of a Senator

Trillanes assures the public that he did push for the country’s interests. He also stresses that it is not the same as what the President wants. “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 Du30,” Trillanes said. DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has yet to get Rubio’s side. Given the strategic nature of Rubio in contrast with Trillanes’ out of tune attacks, he can be nailed with treason. It just depends on how Rubio would relay the context of their meeting. All these happen when the recount on Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo is about to start.

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