The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has slammed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for falsely claiming he had been misquoted by the media.
The verifiable untruth got here after he claimed opposition lawmakers had met influential households in Marawi City shortly earlier than the Maute terror group went on the rampage — claiming it was a part of makes an attempt to destabilise the Duterte authorities.
In a hard-hitting assertion, the NUJP has informed Aguirre that the media wouldn’t be “scapegoats as you try to weasel your way out of your latest bout of foot-in-mouth disease”.
“You lie once you declare you have been ‘misquoted’ once you lied concerning the fictitious assembly between opposition politicians and outstanding Marawi clans that you then tried to painting as a prelude to the persevering with battle between authorities forces and extremist gunmen.
“There was no misquotation. Your words were recorded on video and audio. So, no, you are not passing the buck on to reporters who did what they are supposed to do – accurately report your official acts and pronouncements.”
As we reported yesterday, the themes of Aguirre’s allegations — senators Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and Antonio Trillanes IV, Representative Gary Alejano and Aquino Cabinet member Ronald Llamas — reacted furiously to the slur in opposition to them.
Senator Trillanes stated: “The incompetence of Aguirre is only matched by his stupidity. I would advise him to avoid getting his intel from Facebook conspiracy theorists.”
Senator Aquino requested: “Is fake news enough for the head of our country’s Department of Justice to make these outrageous allegations?”
Official Senate information affirm that each senators have been current on May 2, the day Aguirre claimed they have been in Marawi City.
“It is bad enough that you have shown no qualms about throwing the law, the truth and justice out the window in your headlong rush to persecute — sorry, prosecute — perceived foes of the administration,” the NUJP stated.
“But trying to blame others for your blunders unmasks you as a mean-spirited coward.”
Senator Grace Poe has additionally criticised the justice secretary right now (Thursday, June eight), saying: “As chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, I’m alarmed by the proliferation of pretend information on the web each adversely affecting private and non-private curiosity.
“What makes it worse is when the Justice Secretary himself willingly exploits and amplifies such faux information like a troll, and not using a modicum of effort to at the very least confirm the declare simply to malign political opponents.
“I call on Secretary Aguirre to faithfully do his duty to serve public interest, and that requires siding with the truth.”
Aguirre has reportedly apologised in non-public to a few of these he slandered, however is but to make a public present of regret.