MANILA -- Malacanang on Friday dismissed rumors that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is neglecting the gang-rape case in Maguindanao province.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Aquino directed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to prioritize the case.

“President Aquino asked Secretary de Lima, who is in Cotabato right now to discuss the case with the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police, and state prosecutors,” Lacierda noted.

This after the Philippine Nurses Association claimed that the Aquino administration is giving the case a “cold shoulder treatment.” (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)