First we have the justice secretary, in a press conference, accuse members of the opposition, specifically Senator Bam Aquino, of being part of a destabilization plot.
After massive flak for this, he backtracked and admitted that he was confused by several reports and clarified that the accusations he made were a mistake, further conceding that the allegations were based on fake news.
Yesterday, his office released a department order addressed to the National Bureau of Investigation to make a case build-up for opposition politicians’ possible links to a destabilization plot.
Department Order 385, released after the same press conference where he first made the accusation, is absurd and preposterous. Given said events, we question the credibility of the basis of this investigation.
We demand that Department Order 385 be revoked and for Aguirre to stop the political harassment of members of Congress and the opposition, even as we continue to study our legal options against him.
As justice secretary, Aguirre holds the grave task of upholding the rule of law and administering justice after due process. From the looks of it, however, the justice secretary seems hell-bent on pinning down the political opposition and those critical of him and his administration.
This forms a pattern of squid tactics as Aguirre himself has been embroiled in corruption issues, such as the P50-million extortion scandal in the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and his and his brother’s alleged involvement in small-town lottery (STL) in Luzon.
It can be recalled that former BI Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles were caught in a video footage inside a hotel in Pasay City showing they were waiting for the payoff. Until now, government has allegedly not filed any charges against Argosino and Robles, both Aguirre’s fraternity brothers and under his control and supervision as justice secretary.
In that “huli-cam” P50-million scandal, Aguirre falsely accused now-Minority Senators De Lima, Pangilinan, and Trillanes of offering “legislative immunity” in exchange of their testimony to pin him (Aguirre). He later backtracked and apologized to De Lima and Pangilinan during a succeeding Senate hearing on the scandal.
Aguirre also floated the lie that LP members were behind a P100-million bribe try on his drug lord witnesses against Senator De Lima to recant their testimonies against the now-detained senator. He later revealed the two to be former Senator Jamby Madrigal and PDP-Laban Congresswoman Len Alonte, who both vehemently denied the accusation.
And how can we forget the numerous times Aguirre blamed Senator De Lima for all the failures of the administration after he already brought her to jail on trumped-up drug charges?
The justice secretary also embarrassed the country when he linked people from the South Korean embassy to the kidnapping and killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo which happened right inside Camp Crame.