Reporters protecting the Department of Justice and the judiciary have cried foul over Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II’s claim that he was misquoted concerning his claim that opposition lawmakers met in Marawi City final month.

Members of the Justice and Court Reporters Association or JUCRA Press Corps stated they reported what Aguirre stated in a press convention on Wednesday (June 7) precisely.

“As recorded in our videos and voice recorder and even in our Facebook Live coverages, we quoted Sec. Aguirre verbatim and only reported the facts to our viewers and readers – including the fact that he showed a photo from his mobile phone supposedly showing the meeting between the senators and Muslim clans in Marawi last May 2,” JUCRA stated in an announcement Thursday (June eight).

In the press convention, Aguirre accused Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, and former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas of assembly in Marawi City earlier than the Mautes staged their assault on May 23.

He additionally confirmed a photograph to show that the assembly happened.

The politikos, nevertheless, have denied Aguirre’s claim, exhibiting paperwork which confirmed they have been in Metro Manila on May 2, the date of the supposed assembly in Marawi City.

More than reporting on Aguirre’s claim, JUCRA stated its members additionally verified the photograph he confirmed.

In the method, the group stated it discovered that the photograph proven by Aguirre doesn’t match the main points he gave.

The photograph of the supposed assembly in Marawi City was found to have been taken in Cebu in 2015.

Despite being put in a foul mild by Aguirre, JUCRA stated it stays “committed to our role as a watchdog.”