MANILA - Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III will speak on Thursday to answer questions directed against him by President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the Mamasapano clash where 44 elite cops died two years ago. Aquino said he will respond to Duterte after checking the “facts.”
"There were a lot of points 'no, raised in yesterday's speech [of Duterte]. So we just wanted to make sure of our reply. We've double-checked all of the facts. So I've been spending this morning, checking on those facts,” Aquino said.
“I'm meeting with my legal counsels this afternoon and we're crafting a statement for release tomorrow." Aquino was interviewed Wednesday morning after hearing a Mass celebrated for the 84th birthday of his mother, the late Corazon Aquino.
Vice President Leni Robredo joined the family in celebrating the birthday of the former president. Relatives and the Aquino family’s close friends were also in attendance. In a speech in Malacañang on Tuesday during his meeting with relatives of the cops slain in Mamasapano, Duterte raised what he called unanswered questions that will satisfy the quest for justice of the victims’ kin.