The Makabayan congressmen challenging President Rodrigo Duterte to oust Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre
MANILA, Philippines — Makabayan congressmen challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to oust Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre if he is serious in his war against illegal drugs.
This after the Department of Justice (DOJ) National Prosecution Service (NPS) dismissed the drug cases against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, Peter Co and other known drug lords.
According to the militant lawmakers, if the President fails to hold Aguirre responsible in this case, it will be a clear indication that his war on drugs is fake and he only targets the small-time drug pushers and users.
“Unang-una dapat makita natin na sibakin ang secretary of justice na responsable sa kalokohang ito,” said ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio.
(First, we need to see the justice secretary fired because he is the one responsible here.)
The House minority also noted that this is not the first time that the DOJ downgraded big cases.
Case in point is that of the two Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioners who allegedly accepted a bribe to free two Chinese nationals.
The case was downgraded from non-bailable plunder to graft.
Another is the dismissal of the case of suspected ISIS recruits Er Haytan Abdulamin and his Filipina live-in partner.
“Marami nang Cabinet secretaries na palpak ang presidente. Dapat magbawas na siya,” said Minority Floor Leader Rep. Danilo Suarez.
(Many of the President’s Cabinet secretaries are ineffective. The President has to let some of them go.)
Meanwhile, in his Twitter post Tueday night, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque quoted the President as saying that if Espinosa and Lim will be acquitted the President will put Aguirre in their stead.
Roque added that the Chief Executive will also use his power to revise the dismissal of the drug charges. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue