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By Prince Golez

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stood by President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation that Vice President Leni Robredo lied about his whereabouts during the onslaught of typhoon Ulysses.

In an interview over CNN Philippines’ The Source Wednesday, Roque said Robredo was expected to deny Duterte’s claim that Robredo knew he was attending the 37th virtual Asean summit when Ulysses ravaged several parts of Luzon.

“We all know that the #NasaanAngPangulo was trending and it would not be the President’s supporters behind it,” according to the secretary.

“As far as the denial of the Vice President is concerned, I leave it at that; and as far as the President’s statements are concerned, I think the President would not have been as irritated as he was if he didn’t have personal knowledge that the Vice President was asking his whereabout either publicly or privately,” he added.

Via her Twitter account, Robredo denied that she started the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo that trended online last week.

“I just called out Sec. (Salvador) Panelo for peddling fake news. I am also calling out whoever peddled the fake news to the President, kaya ganito siya ka pikon. I never said ‘Where is the President’? You can review all my tweets,” she wrote.

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