Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II a known staunch defender and a close friend of President Duterte re-focuses his attention on one of the governments fiercest critics.
The Justice Secretary taunts Fr. Robert Reyes, the latter is known for his known for his social and political activism. He has been popularly labeled by mainstream media as the “Running Priest” usually to make an awareness regarding social and political issues.
He slammed Fr. Reyes for his criticisms of the government while supposedly being quite on the sins of his own kind- the clergy. *
|Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (photo credit from Inquirer.net)
The Justice Secretary made the statement after, a fellow priest Fr. Flavie Villanueva and youth groups filed a motion at the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the agency to inhibit from the investigation of the controversial slay of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos over Aguirre's alleged partiality.
"I am just wondering why in the face of reports of Filipino priests molesting minors, of Filipino priests fathering children, of Filipino priests bringing minor girls to motels and those Filipino priests molesting sacristans, the good Fr. Reyes is surprisingly silent on these serious matters involving Filipino minors," Aguirre said in a statement.
"Maybe it is just me, but I cannot help but wonder," he added.
In seeking Aguirre's inhibition, Reyes urged the justice chief to resign from office for supposedly "making a mockery of the justice system."
Aguirre, in one of his statements re the death of the 17 year old minor from Caloocan City has labeled it as “ blown out of proportion” which as if there is a cue has made Minority Leader Franklin Drilon to call him out for his alleged “bias” of the case.
The Justice Secretary has also called out the Ombudsman for launching an inquiry into the teen’s death, saying that the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the Kian Delos Santos , the alleged killers fall below the required pay grade for it to be under the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction. *
On the call of some groups for his resignation, Aguirre said he will not resign from his post “as long as I enjoy the trust and confidence of the President.”
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