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Doble kara: Aguirre got money from Kerwin Espinosa for dismissal of drug raps- Arnold Clavio

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Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reportedly received money from self confessed drug trader Kerwin Espinosa and other drug lords in exchange for the dismissal of charges against them, GMA News anchor Arnold Clavio said.

Quoting a government official who refused to be named, Clavio said in his April 15 column for Abante that Aguirre’s life may be in danger because he failed to deliver on his promise to clear Espinosa and other drug lords in the cases they are facing.

“Ngayon, desidido si Pangulo na maipakulong muli ng habambuhay sina Kerwin Espinosa, paano ang naging usapan nila kay Aguirre?” the government official told Clavio.

The anchor’s source said the drug lords who allegedly gave Aguirre money may exact revenge on him.

“Ang impormasyon na nakarating kay Pangulo ay malaking drug money ang pinaikot para ma-abswelto sila,” the government official said.

Aguirre had to form a new panel to review the dismissal of charges against Espinosa, businessman Peter Lim and several others after the decision of DOJ prosecutors to clear them drew widespread criticism, even from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque quoted Duterte as saying during the Cabinet meeting last March that he will have Aguirre put in jail if Espinosa, Lim and their co-accused managed to go scot-free.

Aside from the alleged pay off made by the drug lords to Aguirre, the government official said word also reached the President about the “case for sale” racket involving his classmate from San Beda College of Law and the DOJ.

Among the cases in which the DOJ allegedly meddled in for a fee was the tax evasion case filed by the Cebu City local government against SM Prime Holdings and BDO Unibank.

Cebu City mayor Tommy Osmeña had accused Aguirre of being the “defense lawyer and judge” for SM and BDO due to the DOJ’s alleged interference in the case.

Aguirre resigned earlier this month amid rumors he will be fired by Duterte over various controversies at the DOJ.