President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday, April 5, that he has accepted the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
“I accepted the resignation of Vit Aguirre, my fraternity brother,” Duterte announced in a Palace event .
Two days ago on Tuesday, Malacañang rejected rumors that Duterte has sacked the Justice Secretary over the dismissal of drug trafficking charges against businessman Peter Lim and self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
GUEVARA IS NEW CHIEF JUSTICE
“The President’s sole instruction to me: DO WHAT IS RIGHT,” Menardo Guevarra said Thursday night after he took his oath of office as new Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Guevara as ad interim DOJ head following the resignation of Secretary Vitaliano Aguerre.
Aguirre on exit as justice chief: ‘We made DOJ better’
Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday expressed gratitude to the Department of Justice (DOJ) after serving the agency for almost two years.
“Thankful for the opportunity to have served our countrymen as the steward of your DOJ. As I leave the Department of Justice, I find comfort in the thought that, by our collective efforts, we have improved the DOJ in key areas. We have achieved this by hard work and indomitable faith in the protection, providence and guidance of the Almighty,” Aguirre said in a statement, which came day after President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced his resignation.