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Sinabi mo yan! DOJ beat reporters outraged by Aguirre’s claim he was misquoted

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

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

“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 said in a statement Thursday (June 8).

In the press conference, 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 meeting in Marawi City before the Mautes staged their attack on May 23.

He also showed a photo to prove that the meeting took place.

The politikos, however, have denied Aguirre’s claim, showing documents which confirmed they were in Metro Manila on May 2, the date of the supposed meeting in Marawi City.

More than reporting on Aguirre’s claim, JUCRA said its members also verified the photo he showed.

In the process, the group said it found that the photo shown by Aguirre does not match the details he gave.

The photo of the supposed meeting in Marawi City was discovered to have been taken in Cebu in 2015.

Despite being put in a bad light by Aguirre, JUCRA said it remains “committed to our role as a watchdog.”