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Palace distances from Aguirre over fake Marawi meeting claim: He knows what to do

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Malacañang has distanced itself from Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II amid the flak he is getting for claiming that some lawmakers met with Muslim politikos in Marawi City in May.

At a press briefing in Malacañang Thursday (June 8), Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella grasped for words to show support for Aguirre despite the controversy he is facing.

“He’s not going against policies. He is simply doing his job as far as he’s concerned. However, we did not make that statement so please stand by our claim that we give accurate reports,” Abella said.

“I’m sure he is, he’s fully aware of what he needs to do and how to address the matter,” he added.

Aguirre has drawn criticism for claiming that Senators Bam Aquino and Sonny Trillanes, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas met with local leaders in Marawi City before the Mautes staged their attack on May 23.

Despite the controversy faced by Aguirre, Abella said the Justice Secretary continues to enjoy the President’s trust.

“First and foremost, the President has his full trust ‘no. He has the full trust of the President. He has been doing an excellent job actually in the DOJ,” he said.