President Aquino III puts to stop blame passing on hostage-taking incident

September 4, 2010 10:49 am 

MANILA, Sept. 3 — To put a rest to the hostage-taking incident of August 23, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday took responsibility “for everything that has transpired.”

The President made this statement in an ambush interview after the launch of the expanded Convergys San Lazaro facility when told that Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo would be given a difficult time at the Commission on Appointments.

“In taking responsibility, the President is emphasizing the principle of accountability as enshrined in the Constitution that a public office is a public trust,” explained Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma.

“He is also demonstrating his determination to bring about institutional reforms,” Coloma pointed out

The President said he visited Bicutan and Camp Bagong Diwa the other day to investigate certain (disturbing) leads that have reached him. “We are now in the process of documenting the findings that we have and getting supporting documentation as regards the findings there.”

He said he has ordered the Director General of the PNP to make sure that certain people engaged in questionable practices be prevented from inflicting any more of such actions on the people.

“Those who are still in service have been suspended in holding their present position. By Monday, he said, “I hope to be able to demonstrate the capacities of our security forces in securing our people.” (PNA) V3/PCOO/rdlc/utb

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