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Is Palace lying? Alfred Romualdez’s invitation to PNoy for Yolanda anniv surfaces


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Malacañang’s statement denying receipt of any invitation to attend commemoration rites for typhoon Yolanda’s second anniversary has been put into question after a letter requesting Aquino’s presence in Tacloban City surfaced on the Internet.

The letter dated Oct. 27 and supposedly signed by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, expressed hope that Aquino will attend the unveiling of the Astrodome Memorial marker last Nov. 8 at the Tacloban City Convention Center.

“Knowing your continuing concern for all of us victims, who fortunately survived this tragedy, I shall greatly appreciate your being with us once again on this commemorative occasion,” Romualdez’s letter to the President read.

A report by the Philippine Star quoted Romualdez as saying that the letter was sent by e-mail to the Office of the President. However, he said he did not receive any reply.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. earlier said the President did not receive any invitation to attend commemoration rites to mark typhoon Yolanda’s second anniversary.

“As of today (Nov. 11), the Office of the President records do not include an invitation to the Nov. 8 commemoration program,” Coloma said.

Aquino was not seen at any event related to typhoon Yolanda’s commemoration over the weekend because he attended the wedding of billionaire Andrew Tan’s youngest son, Kester, in Pasay City.

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