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Aguirre blames Danny Suarez for resign calls: Na-threaten dynasty niya, tatakbo kasi anak ko sa Quezon

Mar 17, 2018 @ 18:16

Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre knows why House Minority Leader Danny Suarez is fanning the flames of calls for his resignation following the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) dismissal of drug charges against Peter Lim, Peter Co, and Kerwin Espinosa.

Aguirre said his son, Aries, was planning to run for the third district of Quezon province, and Suarez apparently saw him as a threat to their political dynasty in Bondoc Peninsula. Suarez’s son, Quezon Governor Jayjay Suarez, is on his last term and was expected to take over Suarez’s seat in Quezon’s third district.

“‘Di po ako puwedeng mag-resign under these circumstances. Like isang congressman, pinapareview ang aking performance kasi anak ko gusto kumandidato sa kanilam kalabanin dynasty nila. Maramai ang nagsasabi mag-resign ako pero wala naman sa katuwiran,” said Aguirre in a radio interview.

Last week, Suarez asked the President to review the performance of his Cabinet members, specifically Aguirre who has “already put under question the integrity of his office and attached agencies.”

In a press conference, Suarez said: “The justice secretary will be reminded that he is part of the President’s executive family. In matter fulfilling under his jurisdiction, generally, his actions and decisions are deemed those of the President’s. This is alarming, given the vast powers that the secretary of justice can exercise. In light of this, we call upon the President to review the personalities of his official family and determine their fitness to hold their positions.”

Aguirre maintained that he had nothing to do with the dismissal of the charges under the new set up of the DOJ which gave the National Prosecution Service more autonomy to decide on cases.

Aguirre said that while the prosecution panel had dismissed the drug cases against Lim, Co and Espinosa as early as December last year, the case remained pending as the panel has not yet acted on the motion for reconsideration of the Philippine National Police. Aguirre said that under the new set-up, the DOJ could not review the case until the panel has made a decision on the MR.

 

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