Aguirre’s math, Duterte’s look

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - RAMONTULFO

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II is on the spot­light again, this time for be­lit­tling the mag­ni­tude of the P6.4 bil­lion worth of “shabu” (crys­tal meth) from China that got past the Bu­reau of Cus­toms.

No less than ad­min­is­tra­tion ally Sen. Dick Gor­don, chair of the Se­nate blue rib­bon com­mit­tee, is mak­ing the crit­i­cism.

“The sec­re­tary of jus­tice has to do more in help­ing solve the prob­lem of drugs. It was dis­heart­en­ing to note that, in the hear­ing of 19th Septem­ber, he seemed to have given up on the case,” Gor­don said.

Mr. Sen­a­tor, try to un­der­stand Aguirre be­cause he prob­a­bly doesn’t even un­der­stand the word “mag­ni­tude.”

He’s too dense for a jus­tice sec­re­tary. ————

Like many lawyers, Aguirre doesn’t know his math.

The jus­tice sec­re­tary prob­a­bly thinks that the dif­fer­ence be­tween “bil­lion” and “million” is in their first letters.

So, to Mr. Aguirre, P6.4 bil­lion is equiv­a­lent to P6.4 million.

How­ever, even P6.4 million worth of shabu is not some­thing to be sneezed at be­cause when it is dis­trib­uted in the streets the value could bal­loon 100 times.

———— And since Aguirre doesn’t know how to count, he prob­a­bly sub­tracted P1,000 from P50 million, which is the thresh­old for a plun­der case to be filed against cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

For­mer Deputy Im­mi­gra­tion Com­mis­sion­ers Michael Robles and Al Ar­gosino, Aguirre’s fra­ter­nity “brods” at Lex Talio­nis, got off the plun­der charge when P1,000 went miss­ing from the P50 million that they ex­torted from casino mogul Jack Lam.

Robles and Ar­gosino have been charged with a bail­able of­fense of graft and di­rect bribery, in­stead of the non­bail­able plun­der charge.

Aguirre took in Robles and Ar­gosino into the Bu­reau of Im­mi­gra­tion, an agency un­der the Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ).

Akala kasi ni Aguirre na bobo ang taum­bayan na gaya niya (Aguirre thinks the pub­lic is wit­less like him).

Some DOJ insiders say Robles and Ar­gosino had to be “saved” at all cost be­cause they might start talk­ing.

———— Pres­i­dent Digong should look be­yond his class­mates and school­mates in choos­ing mem­bers of his Cab­i­net, some of whom are NPAs or non­per­form­ing as­sets.

These Cab­i­net mem­bers are not only NPAs; they are also li­a­bil­i­ties.

Again, San Beda Col­lege of Law doesn’t hold a mo­nop­oly of tal­ents.

———— In or­der to be­come very ef­fi­cient, an en­gine should stop run­ning for a while to give it rest­ful main­te­nance.

The same way with the hu­man body, which is a per­fect en­gine.

My re­cent va­ca­tion has not only given me rest but also made me view some things in a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

I think the Pres­i­dent should take a short va­ca­tion to give him­self rest. He looks tired and ha­rassed.

A short respite from his hec­tic sched­ule in run­ning the coun­try will do him a world of good.

But he should have a re­spon­si­ble Cab­i­net mem­ber run the af­fairs of gov­ern­ment, like Ben­jamin Dio­kno or Jun Evasco.

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