GUEVARRA CONFIDENT OF 4 NEW DOJ OFFICIALS
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has expressed confidence to the four newly appointed officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“I need people whom I know well and trust to help me,” Guevarra told reporters.
Recently, Malacanang appointed four persons recommended by Guevarra as officials of the DOJ.
Three of them have been placed as DOJ undersecretaries, namely, former Democratic Independent Workers’ Association (DIWA) party-list Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, the wife of Public Works Sec. Mark Villar; and lawyers namely, lawyers Adrian Sugay and Markk Perete.
Apart from the three, another Guevarra recommendation, lawyer Neal Vincent Bainto, got appointed as Justice assistant secretary.
The Palace appointed the four after it accepted the courtesy resignations of Undersecretaries Raymund Mecate, Erickson Balmes, and Reynante Orceo as well as Assistant Secretary Juvy Manwong.
On the other hand, the Secretary refused to give more details as to why the four former DOJ officials were not retained.
“Let’s leave it as a mere issue of personal confidence,” Guevarra only said.
Immediately after taking over the DOJ following the resignation of former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Guevarra issued a memorandum asking all DOJ undersecretaries and assistant secretaries to hand over their courtesy resignations on or before April 30.