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I know nothing: Aguirre denies DOJ documents shredded on his orders


Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Monday (April 16) that he has not shredded any documents when he was still at the Department of Justice.

“Foremost, I did not order any of my personnel to shred documents during my last day in the office at the DOJ. If any shredding was done, I know nothing about it,” said Aguirre in a statement.

Aguirre issued the statement in response to news reports that he has been shredding documents before he left the DOJ.

“Assuming, for the sake of argument that it was true, what is wrong with shredding papers when what were shredded were already considered waste?” explained Aguirre.

“The shredding could have been done to prepare the office for the incoming Justice Secretary. We can even surmise that it was done to get rid of unneeded or unwanted documents. In fact, shredding of documents is being regularly done in public and private offices,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aguirre has called the news reports as “downright malicious.”

“To ascribe malicious imputations against the supposed acts of my people is very irresponsible journalism,” he stated.