Senator Bam Aquino on Friday (June 9) expressed puzzlement over Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II’s hesitation in issuing a public apology regardless of his retraction of a declare concerning the assembly of sure lawmakers in Marawi City final May.
“The clarification that his office issued is merely stating the obvious. The justice secretary should simply apologize and take responsibility for his reckless accusations,” Aquino mentioned in a press release Friday (June 9).
The senator mentioned there’s no motive to wait until Monday to personal up to his errors.
Aguirre, in a press release, mentioned that upon additional verification, he was advised that Aquino was not current within the alleged assembly because the senator went to Marawi on May 19, not May 2, following an invite from Lanao del Sur Gov. Soraya Alonto-Adiong to promote the Go Negosyo Program.
The senator lamented the truth that Aguirre’s two fellow Cabinet members have reached out to him as early as Wed. to make clear his journey to Marawi final month and disputed his assertions.
“The least he can do is make a public apology at hinahanap natin ang pangako na mas magiging maingat na sya sa kanyang mga binibitiwang salita,” the senator burdened.
Aguirre earlier claimed that Aquino and a number of other different opposition lawmakers met with distinguished households in Marawi City final May 2, weeks earlier than the Maute group attacked the town, including that this might have sparked the terroristic acts.
Hours after, nonetheless, he retracted his statements after Aquino and two of these additionally implicated by Aquirre – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano – offered proofs displaying that they had been really current in plenary periods on that day.
Aquino mentioned Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana already Aguirre that the senator was with the officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) throughout his go to to Marawi City final May 19 and additional confirmed by Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez.
“These are easily verifiable for anyone who cares to find the truth,” the senator mentioned.