Robredo hits Aguirre for spreading fake news on Marawi siege

Vice President Leni Robredo criticized Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for spreading fake news and eroding the public trust in his department.

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In her speech during the 2017 Independence Day Celebration, Robredo warned of "weakening democratic institutions,"  pointing Aguirre on his recent media blunder when he used an old photograph to link opposition lawmakers to the Marawi City attack.

“We have a Department of Justice whose head is saying things that are not true. I think it’s scary because it’s the Department of Justice that is supposed to lead in making sure justice will prevail over all of us,” she told reporters.

The VP added if he tells false things, the people's trust in the institution is lost.

“Lately, we hear a lot of [officials] challenging the powers of each other. We hear things like, ‘I won’t listen to this or that.’ I think that’s scary,” she said.

Robredo also said she found scary when the government agencies or government instrumentalities don't believe in what's written in the constitution.

“It’s democracy itself that is being challenged,” she said.