Roxas to Aquino: “If you don’t fire Purisima, babagsak ka.”

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Roxas taking part in the arrival honors for the 44 fallen PNP-SAF officers (Credits: Gov.PH Facebook page)

Malacanang, through Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda, denied a news item released Thursday morning which reported that Interior Secretary Mar Roxas is seeking the firing of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and suspended Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima.

In the article, Manila Standard Today‘s Christine Herrera and Macon Ramos Araneta reported about an unscheduled meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Roxas that took place Tuesday afternoon.

According to the news item, an irate Roxas repeatedly asked Aquino to fire Ochoa and Purisima, warning that not doing so might “trigger his downfall.”

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Roxas taking part in the arrival honors for the 44 fallen PNP-SAF officers (Credits: Gov.PH Facebook page)

 

“This is the least that we can do for the families who are hurting and the start to show the government is sincere and is doing something to ensure that justice is served. We promised that justice be served,” Roxas also supposedly said.

In return, Aquino flatly rejected his proposal, saying “I will not fire them. I can’t do it and I will not do it.” Upon hearing this, Roxas walked out of the meeting and is said to have even banged the door.

In a brief statement, Lacierda said the Manila Standard Today article “is premised on something that never took place.” According to him, the scheduled meeting of Aquino with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, the one wherein Roxas allegedly made his demands, did not push through.

“During a time of mourning for our country, we call upon all sectors to practice prudence and refrain from adding to the grief of our countrymen,” he added,

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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