Aguirre identifies masterminds behind ouster plot vs him

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has linked Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors and city prosecutors in the ouster plot against him.

In a press conference on Monday, Aguirre said that less than 20 members of the Justice department have met last Friday at a nearby hotel in Manila to plan his ouster.

Included in the plotters, according to him, is one of the prosecutors he reassigned to Mindanao.

In department order dated November 18, Aguirre reassigned prosecutors Deputy Senior State Prosecutor Miguel Gudio and Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva to Mindanao for three months.

When asked if this could have been the reason why some "disgruntled" officials are plotting his ouster, Aguirre said he does not know.

"Tintignan ko pa kasi I've only issued a reassignment order sa dalawang prosecutor. But immediately after, the following day, a working day, they met in a nearby hotel. I will know who they are," he said.

Aguirre refused to state the specific reasons why the two were reassigned, and if they are involved in the corruption in the DOJ. But when pressed for answer, Aguirre said he did it to "disrupt the rhythm of corruption."

"Wala pa akong tinutukoy, I am just exercising my prerogative because I want to disrupt the rhythm of corruption. Nagsimula lang ako sa ganyan... Ayaw na ayaw nilang makanti sila. Para bang may vested right sila sa position nila and they cannot be assigned anywhere, hindi tama yun," Aguirre said.

The Justice Secretary said he will ask the officials to explain why they met during office time in a hotel without his permission, which according to him is a violation of the rules of the DOJ.

Aguirre believes that someone is behind the ouster plot against him.

When asked if he thinks that it is de Lima, he said: "Ito lang sasabihin ko. Walang kinalaman dito si Senator de Lima...Isa sa mga prosecutor na ito, kaaway pa ni de Lima."

Aguirre said he has long been receiving reports about corrupt prosecutors and officials in the DOJ.

"Maraming reports na pinagsusugalan nila yung mga kaso, kung sino ang maghahandle...Meron diyan nagpapabaya, hindi ginagawa yung kanilang trabaho," he said.

Aguirre cited the case of Ruby Rose Barrameda, the slain sister of beauty queen and actress Rochelle Barrameda.

According to Aguirre, the prosecutor handling the case of Barrameda indirectly told Ruby Rose's father not to pursue the case as his printer is not working, and that could be a sign that the slain Barrameda does not want to pursue the case anymore.

Quoting the prosecutor, Aguirre said: "Ayaw magwork ng printer ko, baka sinasabi ng anak niyo na ayaw na niya ituloy ito."

Last year, all suspects in the killing of Ruby Rose were granted bail.

The prosecutors' failure to present strong evidence of guilt of the three accused in the murder case prompted the judge of the Malabon Regional Trial Court branch 170 to grant their petition for bail.

The father of Barrameda, said Aguirre, will go to the DOJ to issue a statement regarding the matter. (Sunnex)
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