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Sereno has tete-a-tete with Trillanes

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by Xave Gregorio

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dropped by Senator Antonio Trillanes in his office Wednesday (September 12), where he has been holed up for a week after President Rodrigo Duterte voided his amnesty.

Sereno turned up at Trillanes’ office around noon and had lunch with him, along with his abogado Rey Robles, Sereno’s close-in Oya Arriola and Magdalo’s Eugene Gonzales.

Sereno, who is among the opposition’s possible senatorial candidates for the 2019 polls, first visited Trillanes before meeting with Liberal Party President Senator Francis Pangilinan.

The two share a common past: Sereno and Trillanes have decried Duterte’s policies and have been targeted by Solicitor General Jose Calida through the courts.

Duterte and the military point to Calida as the man behind the search for Trillanes’ amnesty papers.

Calida was also behind the quo warranto petition against Sereno which led to her being kicked out by her peers from the Supreme Court.

Trillanes is the third prominent opposition figure to be targeted by the Duterte administration, following Sereno and Senator Leila de Lima, who was arrested in 2015 over drug charges.

The government denies that this is political persecution, but Duterte cited the Golden Rule — Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you — in explaining his voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty.