"That’s very interesting. If not for the tragic events in Marawi that would even be very funny. But I no longer want to dignify fake news," he said in a statement.
The rumors about their connections started and circulated on social media which made Sec. Aguirre cautious about Senator Aquino's visit two weeks before the siege in Marawi which started on May 23 till present.
Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre dragged the names of Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, linking them to the siege in Marawi City and the lone shooter "robbery" at the Resorts World Manila.
He accused Sen. Aquino, Sen. Trillanes, Cong. Alejano and the former presidential adviser Ronald Llamas of an alleged involvement with the plan to destabilize the Duterte administration. He stated that they met with the clans in Marawi before the clash between the local terrorist groups and government troops began.
Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry defended Sen. Aquino about his trip and activities in Marawi
"It is unfortunate that (Senator Bam Aquino's) visit is now the subject of false news and reports," Ramon Lopez, DTI secretary response to Justice sec. Aguirre's accusations to the senator.
Calling the DOJ Secretary's accusations as "misinformation", he also pointed out that the Aquino attended the launching of the first Negosyo Center in ARMM for he is the author of the Go Negosyo Law which was created for the promotion of inclusive growth which encourages small to medium sized businesses.
Senator Aquino said that on May 2, he was the " PUP commencement speaker at the PICC and attended the session at the Philippine Senate". He also stated that the meeting Aguirre is accusing them never happened.
Regarding the attack in Resorts World Manila, Aguirre stated that he sees a link between the detained Senator Leila de Lima to the deaths of several people, both customers and employees in the casino complex a week ago.
He cited De Lima's opinion on 2014, when the former DOJ secretary prohibited the Bureau of Fire Protection in implementing guidelines on casinos. The now Justice secretary said that de Lima's opinion could be one of the cause to the deaths of 37 individuals who died of suffocation in the building.
However, PEZA Director-General Charito Plaza dismissed Aguirre's citation and instead cited a law.
"We have civil, safety, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers who inspected during the construction of industries’ buildings and facilities and [conduct] twice a year," Plaza said.
Source: dailynewsph; politics