• Palace justifies Aquino presence at SM North

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    Malacañang on Monday justified the presence of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in a shopping mall in Quezon City that was robbed on Sunday evening.

    Reports earlier said that Aquino and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd “immediately” went to SM City North Edsa after members of the notorious criminal gang tried to rob a jewelry store.

    Philippine National Police (PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima also arrived at the mall earlier to investigate the incident.

    Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda explained that the President only showed up to check the situation and also to ensure that “proper investigation”will take place.

    “Well, he decided to [went there]to see what the circumstances in the heist in SM North and to also ensure that there will be a proper investigation,” Lacierda said

    “So, he spoke to Chief Purisima and also I believe to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, who was also there, subsequently,” he added

    Meanwhile, Lacierda assured the public the PNP knows what to do to ensure peace and order, following Sunday’s robbery incident.

    He said that there were no fresh instructions from the President, but noted that the PNP is “fully aware” of the possibility of criminals exploiting the holiday shopping rush to strike.

    “Enforcement measures, they’ve taken this as part of their duty [during the]holiday season,” Lacierda added. CATHERINE VALENTE

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    5 Comments

    1. Si Lacierda, mukhang tanga habang nagpapaliwanag sa tv. Pero kailangang kumayod. No choice si puge. Hehe.

    2. MatandangMahilig on

      Parang awa na ni DILG Mar Roxas magbitiw na siya sa pwesto.Talagang sukang-suka na kami kapalpakan at kayabangan niya

    3. If Henry Sy had contributed a huge amount of money to the LP coffers, Pnoy and Mar should really be there to show their support to the tycoon. Even Henares cannot investigate this guy. Never mind the survivors and the people who died as an aftermath of Yolanda because SM needs the immediate attention of the president and dilg secretary because 2016 is fast approaching.