Detained Senator Leila de Lima mentioned the most recent gaffe dedicated by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, whom she described as an administration clown, may very well be half of a calculated transfer aimed toward increasing the protection of martial law to your entire nation.

In a press release issued from her detention cell in Camp Crame, De Lima mentioned the target of Aguirre’s “fake news” was to discredit the opposition’s anti-martial law call by making it seem as a pro-Maute and pro-terrorist place.

“The destruction of any and all opposition to martial law in Mindanao may embolden the regime to expand martial law throughout the rest of the country,” she mentioned.

“(But) more than a clown’s bungling, Aguirre’s latest blunder therefore seems more like a calculated step to hype up the terrorist scare by painting a picture of a malevolent conspiracy behind the Marawi crisis involving members of the opposition,” De Lima added.

Shr mentioned the purpose was to “deodorize martial law and to link those who oppose it to the Maute group or ISIS.”

Aguirre had earlier claimed that Senators Paolo Aquino and Antonio Trillanes IV, in addition to Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano and former presidential adviser on political affairs Ronald Llamas, met with some political clans in Marawi on May 2.

Aguirred finally retracted his declare, saying he was merely “misquoted” by the media.