De Lima calls for accounting of Robredo documents

Posted at 09/10/12 4:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima suggested the Department of Interior and Local Government should make an inventory of documents left by its late chief, Jesse Robredo.

De Lima said she has already suggested an accounting of the Robredo papers to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. She said the accounting should be done in front of Robredo’s staff.

This came after allegations that Robredo’s subordinate, Undersecretary Rico Puno, tried to enter the late Cabinet Secretary’s condominium a day after his plane went missing.

While President Benigno Aquino III already defended Puno, one of his closest friends, some are still not sold on the issue.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is set to investigate Puno on Friday. Invited during the hearing is Robredo’s wife, Maria Leonor.

Asked why Aquino needed to secure Robredo’s offices when he was only declared dead three days after the plane crash, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Sunday stressed that “security still has to be maintained.”

Asked why de Lima still had to go to the condominium thereafter, Valte insisted it was Robredo’s wife who asked for it “in order to secure the personal effects.”

De Lima, meanwhile, said she saw a lot of documents in Robredo’s place. She did not divulge what those are, however. – with reports from Alex Calda, dzMM