- DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre rejected call for his resignation
- A Lower House solon earlier urged Aguirre to quit his post amid allegation of incompetence
- But Aguirre said he will continue to serve at the pleasure of the President
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Vitaliano Aguirre has rejected the call for his resignation amid allegation of failure in doing his job especially in the case of P50-M Immigration bribery scandal.
The call for Aguirre’s resignation was raised by Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin for allegedly giving special treatment to dismissed Immigration officials Al Argosino and Mike Robles but hitting hard on Senator Leila De Lima.
“If we have a Justice Secretary na hindi kaya magbigay ng hustisya, magbitaw na siya,” said Villarin; a staunch member of the opposition in the Lower House.
“Problema natin, lahat ay kid glove treatment, pero pagdating sa opposition like Senator De Lima, nag all-out siya,” the solon added.
[The problem here, kid glove treatment for others, while all-out (war) against opposition like Senator De Lima.]
However, Aguirre said he will continue to serve as Justice secretary at the pleasure of the President.
“However, if the President will ask me to resign, or if I feel that I have lost his trust in any way, I will not stay any moment longer. Hindi po tayo kapit-tuko sa posisyon,” the official insisted.
The Justice secretary has been accused of favoring Argosino and Robles, his ‘brods’ at the San Beda College of Law-based Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc., who are accused of accepting bribe from gaming operator Jack Lam.
Aguirre’s appointment was also deferred by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) following opposition from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of his most vocal critics at the Senate.