MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang confirmed Wednesday it has tapped Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in negotiating with China over the territorial dispute at the West Philippine Sea. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said it was Trillanes who approached the President and offered his services. The spokesman said there were "minor successes" in the backdoor negotiations with the Chinese. He declined to comment further, saying that Trillanes will be meeting with the President. "The purpose of the President is really to keep all options open so it seems the minor successes are coming from the back channeling of Senator Trillanes but that is as much as I can say," he said. He added: "There has been no disagreement. The position of the government towards our approach to Scarborough Shoal is the same. We have not changed our position there. We must remember the chief policy maker is the President."
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