Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II continues to prod the Supreme Court (SC) to have arrested members of the Maute terrorist group moved and tried in Taguig City.
Aguirre has written a second letter to the SC addressed to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dated June 14, only a day after he despatched his first letter requesting the transfer arrested members of the Maute to the Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City and in addition tried within the metropolis’s regional trial courtroom (RTC).
“The DOJ anchors its request on the safety and security of everyone who will be involved in the prosecution of the cases to be filed,” argued Aguirre.
“The undersigned maintains his belief that the safety of the Prosecutors and the Court employees who will be involved in the trial of these cases is, and should be, the most paramount and the most primordial consideration,” he stated.
Stressing that his request isn’t based mostly on conjectures, Aguirre cited that “when informed of their inclusion in the Panel of Prosecutors assigned to the Maute cases, at least three Prosecutors have already declined their inclusion because of fear for their safety.”
The Secretary additionally famous that the RTC and SICA are solely 400 meters away from one another.
“Resultantly, it will entail lesser security concerns when the accused in the cases to be filed will be moved before and after the trial,” he identified.