For the nth time, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre’s incompetence has been exposed after the Supreme Court ruled that alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles should not be granted provisional liberty.
Aguirre had asked the Sandiganbayan to grant Napoles the status of a government witness which entailed giving her provisional liberty.
The high court said that there was “great presumption of guilt” by Napoles in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Aguirre’s latest known boo-boo was the dismissal by the Department of Justice of the charges against confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa and alleged Cebu drug kingpin Peter Lim.
He had the case re-filed only after there was public outcry over the dismissal.
Aguirre also linked Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña to the illicit drug trade without presenting evidence.
The justice secretary has a penchant for speaking out of turn; one example was when he belittled the killing of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos by Caloocan policemen despite widespread public condemnation of the incident.
As for Napoles, the court should exercise fairness.
I’m referring to the Sandiganbayan which granted bail to former Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada but not to their co-accused, former Sen. Bong Revilla. Ω (First published in Inq.net) Editor’s note: As of press time, President Duterte has accepted Aguirre’s resignation.