By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is set to file libel complaints against Senator Risa Hontiveros who accused him of concocting fake news and cases.
“You could see libel cases filed against her,” said Aguirre Tuesday.
The secretary assured that he would be filing “very soon” the libel complaints against the lawmaker.
Recently, Hontiveros renewed calls for Aguirre to resign as she accused him to be a “manufacturer and peddler of fake news.”
“He is a cook of fake cases. And now, a reliable friend of criminal masterminds, extrajudicial killers and drug lords,” said the Senator.
“Mr. Aguirre has transformed the Department of Justice (DOJ) into his personal kitchen. Doon niya niluluto ang mga pekeng balita at pekeng kaso laban sa oposisyon. Doon din niya nilutong ma-abswelto ang mga mamamatay tao, big-time plunderer at drug peddler (There he cooks fake news and fake cases. He cooks ways to clear killers, plunderers, and drug peddlers),” she stated.
“Mr. Aguirre’s continued stay as Justice Secretary demonstrates how the Duterte government’s war on drugs is one-sided and a complete fakery. It is also a vulgar insult to the people and our quest for justice and accountability,” the lawmaker added.
With her recent statements, Aguirre pointed out that there was no need to study if he should file a libel case against her or not.
“Very clear na defamatory. I saw and heard what she said,” he said.
The Secretary has already drawn flak for dismissing the drug complaint against suspected drug lords Peter Lim, Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, Peter Co and their other respondents.
The latest controversy he is being criticized for was the provisionally placing of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the DOJ’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).