Press Release
June 9, 2017

Sen. Bam to Aguirre: Apologize, take responsibility for reckless accusations

"The Justice Secretary should simply apologize and take responsibility for his reckless accusations."

Sen. Bam Aquino is baffled by the delay in the issuance of Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre's public apology, saying there's no reason to wait until Monday to correct his mistakes.

"The clarification that his office issued is merely stating the obvious," the senator said, referring to the statement released by Aguirre's office early Friday.

Earlier, Sec. Aguirre alleged that Sen. Bam met with several fellow lawmakers and prominent families in Marawi City on May 2, three weeks before the firefight in the city erupted.

On that date, Sen. Bam was the commencement speaker of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) at the PICC in Pasay City. In the afternoon, he attended the Senate session.

Sen. Bam said Aguirre should own up to his mistakes and publicly apologize for his irresponsibility, as what he committed during an earlier conversation with the senator.

"The least he can do is make a public apology at hinahanap natin ang pangako na mas magiging maingat na siya sa kanyang mga binibitawang salita," the senator stressed.

Sen. Bam said two of Aguirre's fellow Cabinet members reached out to the Justice Secretary to "clarify my Marawi trip as early as Wednesday."

According to the senator, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana reached out to Aguirre, informing the Justice Secretary that Sen. Bam was with officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Marawi City last May 19 to attend the inauguration of a Negosyo Center.

Among those who joined Sen. Bam in the inauguration were B/Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Gen. Nixon Fortes and Vice Gov. Bombit Adiong.

Lorenzana also debunked rumors linking Sen. Bam to the Marawi incident as "too absurd to be believed".

"Trade Sec. Mon Lopez has already publicly clarified and confirmed that I was in Marawi City for the Negosyo Center launch. These are easily verifiable for anyone who cares to find the truth," said Sen. Bam.

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