Aguirre ready to face allegations in any court. De Lima sues Aguirre on various charges.

Aguirre sued by de Lima.

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PICS: wikipedia,

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Amidst the volatile political scenario of the Philippines, there is no day that does not bring forth intriguing news. Furthermore, Sen. Leila de Lima has a penchant to remain in the news. On Saturday, Vitaliano Aguirre II, Secretary of Justice declared that he was ready to face any case filed against him.

In fact, he was referring to the cases filed against him by Sen. Leila de Lima. His take was that she was only trying to be relevant. She had been under detention due to a drugs related case earlier this year.

Senator De Lima had filed cases pertaining to administrative lapses and criminal misconduct.

The Senator submitted the cases to the Ombudsman’s office. Allegations against Aguirre are the following violations for violations of the Revised Penal as follows:
• Article 172.2 (Use of Falsified Documents),
• Art. 286 (Grave Coercion),
• Article 208 (Negligence in Prosecution and Toleration of Criminal Offenses),
• Article 239 (Usurpation of Legislative Powers) of the Revised Penal Code, and
• Committing graft for violating Section 3 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

But, Aguirre was confident that he can defend himself adequately. He went on to say that, her defense was different. She had only defended herself through simple denials alone.

However, in the case that she foisted on him, well-established proofs of actions taken were available.

Senator de Lima was Justice Secretary when Congress tried her for proliferation of drugs. Now, she remains in detention in Camp Crame, the headquarters of The Philippines National Police.

Furthermore, it was Aguirre who led the initiation of the case against her.

Moreover, she defended herself stating that her case wasn’t within the jurisdiction of our courts, he said. But, I will accept any legal forum to defend the cases initiated by the Senator, he said.

Therefore, Aguirre asserted that his defense was solid and backed by incontrovertible proof. Hence, he will not take shelter under the jurisdictional clause, he concluded.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Monday, July 17, 2017