Aguirre says Trillanes, Bam Aquino, Alejano met in Marawi prior to attacks

© Joseph Vidal/PRIB Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II testifies before a Senate inquiry on Monday, January 23, 2017, on the arrests of illegal Chinese casino workers and the alleged bribery of Immigration officials by gambling operator Jack Lam…
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday asked the intelligence community to probe the meeting in Marawi City of opposition lawmakers and certain families weeks before the May 23 attacks perpetrated by the extremist Maute group.
Speaking to reporters, Aguirre said it was possible that the May 2 meeting attended by Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano could have “sparked the terroristic acts in Marawi."

Also present at the meeting were former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas and local leaders.
"Hindi ko malaman why after they went there nagkagulo na after two weeks. They met with the people there, they met with several families there,” Aguirre said.
Sought for comment, Senator Aquino said he would issue a statement on the matter tomorrow, June 8. Trillanes, meanwhile, has yet to respond to GMA News Online's request for comment.
The Justice secretary said the government should also check if the opposition lawmakers were the ones who brought money to Marawi following the discovery by the military of the P79 million in cash and checks from a stronghold of the Maute group in Marawi City.
"But I don't want to connect it (the meeting to Marawi siege) unless there's evidence dun sa money taken," Aguirre said.
Aguirre also left it to the military and police to do the investigation on the recovered money.
"Let's wait for the results of the investigation," he said

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