MALACAÑANG called on the public yesterday to properly weigh allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the bombing of mosques and killing of Muslims.
Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar told Palace reporters that he doubts the President would give such an order.
“No, I don’t think he’s capable of giving a directive like that,” Andanar said.
He noted that Duterte was investigated by the Commission on Human Rights when he was Davao City mayor, and no charges were filed against him.
Andanar however said Malacanang would issue later a more comprehensive response after the Senate hearing on summary killings has concluded even as he said that he would consult with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre about the allegations.
For his part, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the allegations in the Senate must be investigated first.
“We will have to await proper investigation regarding the matter,” Abella said.
“I believe, as in call cases, all citizens should maintain a sense of sobriety and maintain a sense of objectivity,” he said.
“After all people do make statements every day. And while this person may sound credible, it is imperative that each and every one of us properly weigh whatever has been said,” he added.