Aguirre can’t feign ignorance on exoneration of Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim – Drilon
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday expressed doubts that Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II could feign ignorance on the Department of Justice’ (DOJ) junking of the drug charges alleged big-time drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa.
“As a former secretary of justice, as practical matter, controversial cases such as this cannot be decided alone by the prosecution panel. It’s inevitable that they consult the secretary of justice and I cannot believe that the secretary has not been informed about this,” Drilon said.
The Senate leader emphasized that based on practice, the DOJ chief closely monitors controversial cases pending before the department.
“Siguro naman he should closely monitor what is happening,” he commented.
Given his assertions on Aguirre, Drilon said the DOJ chief should still review the panel of prosecutors’ resolution approved by Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan last Dec. 20.
“There’s an existing, if the circular is still valid, there is a memorandum circular or an executive order for an automatic review,” he said.
“That’s the process. You have to rely on the presumption of regularity in the performance of functions (of Aguirre),” Drilon said.