VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday said he gave the orders for Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno to secure the office of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, shortly after Robredo’s plane crashed off Masbate.
However, the President said he did not order Puno to go as well to Robredo’s condominium.
Puno, along with several policemen allegedly tried to access Robredo’s condo unit in Quezon City, but was not allowed entry.
"Sometime in the early evening (of the crash), (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima called and pinaalala niya the need to secure Secretary Robredo's documents, because at that time he was doing a lot of investigations," the President said in a chat with the media while attending the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting.
Aquino said since there are only two DILG undersecretaries--one of them Austere Panadero, who is concerned with local governments--it was but logical that the task be given to Puno who is deputy for police operations.
When Aquino was told that Puno likewise went to Robredo's condo, he said: "Well, he probably thought there were also some documents there that needed to be secured."