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DOJ: Media didn’t heed Aguirre warning on raw info

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The media should have heeded Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II who cautioned them that the initial information he shared on June 7 about the destablization plot against the government still needed verification.

In a statement Friday (June 9), the Department of Justice (DOJ) said “during the press conference on Wednesday, June 07, 2017, he told the media that the information he got were very raw and he wanted to verify and investigate further.”

“Only that the media didn’t mention his repeated precautions that he is yet to fully verify the truth of the reported incident,” the DOJ added.

The media reported that during the press conference he conducted on the morning of June 7 Aguirre said Sen. Bam Aquino, former presidential adviser Ronald Llamas, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV met in Marawi City and met with influential Moro clans including
the Lucman and the Alonto prior the attack of the Maute terrorist group.

Sources said that the reports Aguirre received came from Council for Philippine Affairs secretary general Pastor Boy Saycon.

After the press conference, Aguirre that same day issued a statement saying the Lucman and Alonto were not part of the meeting.

In the same statement, he also cleared Aquino whom he said went to Marawi City on May 19 upon the invitation of Gov. Soraya Alonto-Adiong to promote the Go Negosyo Program.