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Minority senators demands resignation of Aguirre: We deserve better

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The Senate minority bloc on Tuesday said Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies, sowing intrigue and to name-calling.

The six opposition senators, led by Sen. Frank Drilon, have reiterated their call for Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to resign as head of the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Aside from Drilon Senators Kiko Pangilinan, Sonny Trillanes, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and (detained) Leila de Lima noted a recent development that once more “highlighted his unethical actions as a public official.”

“Last August 30, we called for his resignation due to his propensity for spreading fake information on those he tagged as “dilawan”–for which he had to publicly apologize more than once,” they said.

“Now, he has been caught red-handed plotting against a sitting Senator during a hearing where he is supposed to be paying his utmost attention,” the minority group said.

In a privilege speech on Monday, Hontiveros accused Aguirre of plotting to file cases against her. She presented as evidence a digital photo of Aguirre sending text messages during the Sept. 5 Senate hearing on the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos.

She said that when the picture was enlarged, it revealed that Aguirre was texting a certain “Cong. Jing” who said that, “Naturuan na ni Hontiveros ang testigo. Her questions are leading questions.” Aguirre replied, “Yon nga sinasabi ko dito. Very obvious. Kaya nga expedite natin ang cases niyo vs (against) her.”

“His actions signify a lack of competence for a man who holds the highest office on justice. His actions clearly violate the norms of conduct for public officials under the law,” the opposition senators said.

“We need a Secretary of Justice who will uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and justice. Secretary Aguirre clearly does not fulfill these requirements,” they added.