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RUSSKY ISLAND, Russia - President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday said he had ordered Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno to secure the office of the late Secetary Jesse Robredo hours after his plane was reported to have crashed off the waters of Masbate on August 18.
Aquino disclosed details of the events leading to the lockdown on Robredo’s office in a bid to dispel speculation that Puno had ill motives for securing the Interior secretary’s premises.
The President said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had called him up to point out the confidential documents inside the office of the late Interior chief.
“I instructed him to secure the office of Secretary Robredo and make sure all the documents are intact,” Aquino said, referring to Puno.
The President said the Department of Interior and Local Government have only two undersecretaries: Puno, who handles peace and order, and Austere Panadero, who is in charge of local government.
Aquino said it was "logical" to order Puno to secure Robredo's office given the undersecretary's designation.
The President also defended Puno amid reports the latter tried to enter Robredo's condominium unit in Quezon City a day after his plane crashed.
Aquino said Puno may have suspected the presence of confidential documents in Robredo's condominium that had to be secured.
Earlier, the media reported that Puno was searching for documents allegedly pertaining to his questionable procurement of assault rifles.