OPAPRU denies Gabriela statement



The Presidential peace adviser’s office denied on Saturday the accusations made the Gabriela Party-list, saying that the alleged harassment incident was baseless and irresponsible.

According to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) there is now truth to the allegations made by the Gabriela Party-list, statement – that was circulated through social media on Friday, March 17 – against Elizabeth Maynigo, Gabriela-Marikina chapter president.

“To set the record straight, the OPAPRU vehemently denies that it was involved in the alleged harassment of Ms. Maynigo. This is a baseless, irresponsible and unfounded accusation,” OPAPRU said.

In their social media account, Gabriela said that Maynigo was “asked to board a vehicle and interrogated by men who identified themselves as personnel from OPAPP (former name of OPAPRU).”

But OPAPRU simply dismissed the allegation as “simply illogical and not supported by evidence.”

They also said that they already “immediately conducted internal checking when the allegation broke out in social media.”

The OPAPRU said they regret that Gabriela did not notify them and raised the incident to proper authorities or seek our response to the concern but rather “they went all out to besmirch the agency’s reputation.”

Moreover, it said that the accusation is contrary to the core values of the agency, which is to promote conflict sensitivity and peace.

Catherine R. Cueto

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