Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II Confirmed by CA Despite Opposition of Sen. Trillanes (Videos)


Controversial lawyer and one of Pres. Rody Duterte's closest ally Atty. Vitaliano II was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) as the Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ), despite the opposition made by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.


During the deliberation of the Commission on Appointments, Sen. Loren Legarda stated that she wanted Sec. Aguirre confirmed because the senator is concerned by the thousands of Filipinos killed in the drug war.

Sen. Trillanes on his part opposed the confirmation of Sec. Aguirre as he noted that the veteran lawyer will not be able to conduct an impartial probe on the drug killings in the country, as he is always following the orders of Pres. Rody Duterte.

The senator was quoted as saying "I am opposing Aguirre's confirmation because I believe based on his actions, involvement in the incidents, he cannot and will not investigate these things because he will just follow orders from his principal who just wants to kill people," he said

The former rebel soldier, Sen. Trillanes also doubts the secretary's capacity to take on the job as he noted that it is unbecoming and disrespectful of such a highly-regarded official to result to name-calling, as Aguirre called him a "gagong senador" during a media interview.

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Sen. Trillanes was quoted as saying "He called me names, insulted my person, my position, and this Senate institution. [It] shows the psychological and emotional instability of Secretary Aguirre in handling such a very sensitive position," Trillanes said.

Sec. Aguirre then apologized to Sen. Trillanes, which the senator accepted. "Due to the pressure of my work, I might have hurt people with my choice of words. For that  profusely apologize, especifically to Sen. Trillanes," Aguirre said. 

The Commission on Appointments (CA) en banc confirmed Secretary Aguirre's confirmation following an executive session. 

Source: CNN Philippines



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