Aguirre resignation a welcome dev’t for two Catholic prelates

Published April 6, 2018, 3:17 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre is a welcome development for two Catholic prelates.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE)
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo welcomed the resignation not satisfied with his performance as Justice head.

“I am happy that Aguirre has decided to resign. He is not doing his job well as a Secretary of Justice,” said Bastes in an interview.

“His exoneration of self-confessed drug lords is a sign of his bias for the rich and powerful even if they are criminals,” he added.

Earlier, the decision of the Justice Department to drop the charges against alleged drug lord Peter Lim and self-confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa was heavily criticized.

Such act, Bastes said encouraged drug lords to continue their criminal activities and the proliferation of extrajudicial killings and murders.

“He is a Secretary of Injustice,” he said.

Bishop Pabillo said Aguirre’s resignation is good for both the country and the former.

“Thanks be to God that he resigned. He is so erratic as secretary in his sense of justice. The decision is good for him and the country,” he said.

Both expressed hope that the new Justice Secretary, Menardo Guevarra will do better.

“We hope that his replacement will do better than him,” said Bastes.

“I dont know him but I hope he serves the cause of justice,” Pabillo said.

On Thursday, President Duterte announced that he already accepted the resignation of Aguirre.

On the same day, Malacanang announced the appointment of Guevarra.