Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has denied experiences that Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV lately went to Marawi City in Lanao del Sur to discuss to the terrorist Maute group.

“The DTI would just like to state the fact that Senator Bam Aquino, along with our other stakeholders in the military, the business sector and the local government, were in Marawi to attend the launch of ARMM’s first Negosyo Center in Marawi, the 508th Negosyo Center in the country,” he mentioned on May 25.

Lopez described Aquino as a “partner” in empowering micro, small and medium enterprises since he’s the writer of the Go Negosyo Law, which directs the Department of Trade and Industry to set up Negosyo Centers in all municipalities.

Reports which lately circulated on-line claimed Aquino was in Marawi City earlier than the conflict between the Maute group and authorities forces on May 23 to discuss to the terrorists.

The articles insinuated that Aquino and the Liberal Party had a hand within the clashes in a bid to overthrow the Duterte administration.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial regulation in Mindanao due to the battle in Marawi City.