Palace ignores critics on Failon issue

ATTEMPTS by some politicians to link Malacanang behind the death of broadcaster Ted Failon’s wife last Wednesday fell on deaf ears when Press Secretary Cerge Remonde opted to call as “irresponsible statements from grandstanding politicians.”

“As far as we are concerned, we will do what is necessary and whatever is best for the country,” Remonde said in the face of criticism that the administration was behind Failon’s wife’s death.

This insinuation arose because Failon is a known critic of the administration.

“President Gloria Arroyo will do what she thinks is best for the country and never mind about her critics,” Remonde said.

“Let us leave those grandstanding politicians alone. In the end, the people will know the truth after the police does its investigation at the highest level of professionalism,” he said.

Remonde also said the swift action to relieve the policemen who acted in haste in arresting Failon’s household staff is proof that government will not tolerate any injustice.

He said the PNP National Capital Regional Office, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are now working closely on the case.

“Let the PNP and Napolcom do their jobs,” he said.

On the tiff between Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief over the haste in representing Failon, Remonde said, the PAO is under the DOJ and therefore Gonzales is the one who has rightful jurisdiction over PAO. A report from the Philippine News Agency

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