JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has scored Commission on Human Rights Chair (CHR) Chito Gascon over his comments comparing the killings in the martial law to the Duterte administration's war on drugs.
In a chance interview, Aguirre criticized Gascon's statement that the casualties in Duterte's drug war that reached 5,000 is already higher than the deaths recorded in the first year of Martial Law.
"Ayusin niya pagsasalita niya...Pare-pareho naman kaming nakipaglaban kay Marcos," Aguirre said.
The Justice secretary also criticized Gascon's statement saying the Department of Justice (DOJ) should file cases, in its own initiative, against the policemen who admitted killing drug peddlers who resist arrest.
"Huwag niya ako pagsabihan, wala siyang alam. Di naman siya abogado," said Aguirre.
However, Gascon is actually a lawyer who graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law and University of Cambridge in England.
The Justice secretary instead asked: "Ba't hindi sila magfile ng kaso. Sila ang may karapatan mag-file ng kaso."
According to Aguirre, the CHR can file cases against human rights violators, including erring cops.
CHR is an independent office with the primary function to investigate all forms of human rights violations involving civil and political rights. (Sunnex)