Press Release
March 21, 2018


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre's plan to file a libel case against me is nothing but a desperate attempt to divert the public's attention away from his series of actions that undermined our pursuit of justice and accountability. It is also part of an effort to sidetrack the growing public calls for him to resign.

Ako pa ngayon ang sasampahan ni Mr. Aguirre ng libel case, samantalang sila itong puno na nagbigay-bunga sa mga malisyoso at mapanirang-puring mga pahayag.

Huwag pikon at balat-sibuyas si Mr. Aguirre kapag kinokompronta sila ng katotohanan. If Mr. Aguirre can't take it, he shouldn't dish it.

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Mr. Aguirre has manufacturered and peddled fake news against the opposition. He accused Senators Bam Aquino and Antonio Trillanes of plotting with the Maute terrorist group.

The Justice Secretary even showed a photo of Senators Aquino and Trillanes supposedly meeting some Muslim leaders in Marawi. But it later turned out that the picture was taken in Iloilo City in September 2015.

Also, Mr Aguirre disclosed that Senator Franklin Drilon and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas were implicated in a drug syndicate. The accusation is so absurd that even Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, found it unconvincing.

Tagaluto rin siya ng mga pekeng kaso, gaya ng mga pekeng kasong sinampa niya sa mga miyembro ng oposisyon tulad ni Senator Leila de Lima at sa akin.

Tila malapit din siya sa mga extrajudicial killers, plunderers and drug lords. Hindi ba ang Department of Justice (DOJ), sa ilalim ng kanyang pamumuno, ang nag-downgrade sa kaso ng mga pumaslang kay Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa? Hindi ba DOJ ang naglaglag ng kaso kina Kerwin Espinosa at Peter Lim? Hindi ba ang DOJ ang gustong maging state witness si Janet Lim Napoles?

There is nothing new with the Justice Secretary's plan to file a libel case against me. We already know that the filing of trumped up charges is the strategy of Mr. Aguirre to intimidate and harass the political opposition. With all due respect, it won't work.

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