Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process says a report, from Daily Tribune saying a source claimed that President Aquino called Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles during the early hours of the Mamasapano incident, is not true.
“No such phone call was ever made. President Aquino did not call Secretary Deles and, accordingly, there is no truth to the further allegation by the Daily Tribune, which is based on alleged statements from its unidentified sources, that Secretary Deles advised the President to stop the military from sending reinforcement to our beleaguered SAF troopers. No such advice was sought nor given,” Director Polly Cunanan from OPAPP Communications Group said as posted in OPAPP’s social networking page.
Cunanan added that Secretary Deles did not participate in the operations against Marwan at any stage.
“Unverified, unsubstantiated and false allegations such as this by an unnamed news source — who we note was not even described as “reliable” by the writer per tradition — only serve to muddle public appreciation of the issues involved. We hope it was not the purpose of the newspaper or the writer.”