Malacañang has distanced itself from Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II amid the flak he’s getting for claiming that some lawmakers met with Muslim politikos in Marawi City in May.

At a press briefing in Malacañang Thursday (June eight), Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella grasped for phrases to present help for Aguirre regardless of the controversy he’s dealing with.

“He’s not going against policies. He is simply doing his job as far as he’s concerned. However, we did not make that statement so please stand by our claim that we give accurate reports,” Abella mentioned.

“I’m sure he is, he’s fully aware of what he needs to do and how to address the matter,” he added.

Aguirre has drawn criticism for claiming that Senators Bam Aquino and Sonny Trillanes, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas met with native leaders in Marawi City earlier than the Mautes staged their assault on May 23.

Despite the controversy confronted by Aguirre, Abella mentioned the Justice Secretary continues to benefit from the President’s belief.

“First and foremost, the President has his full trust ‘no. He has the full trust of the President. He has been doing an excellent job actually in the DOJ,” he mentioned.