CA ap­proves Aguirre's ap­point­ment

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

THE Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments (CA) has con­firmed the ad in­terim ap­point­ment of Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II.

On Wed­nes­day, the CA ple­nary adopted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the CA panel to con­firm Aguirre's ap­point­ment as head of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ).

This hap­pened amid Sen­a­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes' re­quest to sus­pend Aguirre's con­fir­ma­tion pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on var­i­ous is­sues un­der his de­part­ment, in­clud­ing the P50 mil­l­lon bribery scan­dal in the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion and the anom­alies in the Bureau of Cor­rec­tions.

In her ar­gu­ment, Le­garda said she was strongly push­ing for Aguirre's con­fir­ma­tion so the DOJ Sec­re­tary can ad­dress the many prob­lems the gov­ern­ment is fac­ing such as the ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.

"We should give Sec­re­tary Aguirre a chance to do his work," she said.

But Tril­lanes said that the mem­bers of the CA should look into the real sit­u­a­tion and the real pic­ture if in­deed Aguirre de­served to be ap­pointed.

"The fact is I was able to present the real sit­u­a­tion that Sec­re­tary Aguirre can­not be im­par­tial. But if the CA wants to rail­road his ap­point­ment, that is up to them," Tril­lanes said.

Last week, Aguirre was ac­cused by Sen­a­tor Leila De Lima of al­low­ing high-val­ued in­mates de­tained at the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) cus­to­dial cen­ter to ex­pe­ri­ence lav­ish life­style, sup­pos­edly as re­ward for tes­ti­fy­ing against her in con­gres­sional probes last Septem­ber.

Tril­lanes also ar­gued that Aguirre is un­fit to hold the po­si­tion for call­ing him "sun­da­long kanin," "gagong senador," and "di­lawan."

Aguirre, in the CA hear­ing, did not deny ut­ter­ing harsh words against sen­a­tors de Lima, Tril­lanes and Fran­cis Pangili­nan.

He also re­minded Tril­lanes that he was one of the lawyers that helped the Mag­dalo sol­diers fac­ing re­bel­lion charges.

The Jus­tice Sec­re­tary, how­ever, apol­o­gized to the three leg­is­la­tors.

Tril­lanes, for his part, said that even if Aguirre got the CA nod, he is not off the hook over the Jack Lam bribery scan­dal. (Camille P. Balag­tas and Keith A. Calayag/ Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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