Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has turned down calls to resign over accusations he has prejudged the slay case of 17-year-old scholar Kian Delos Santos.
“I serve at the pleasure of the President po, while I respect the view of everyone to express themselves freely, I will stay for as long as I enjoy the trust and confidence of the President,” he stated in a press release on Tuesday (August 29).
Aguirre was reacting to the decision of priest activist Fr. Robert Reyes who stated he ought to resign for having already proven bias in favor of the policemen concerned within the killing of Kian.
The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) representing Kian’s household has already filed homicide and torture raps in opposition to the policemen earlier than the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Reyes and a gaggle of youth leaders imagine that the case can be higher dealt with beneath the Office of the Ombudsman.
With this in thoughts, they despatched additionally on Tuesday a letter to Aguirre whom they requested that the case be turned over to the Ombudsman.
“Indeed, the Office of the Ombudsman has the mandate to investigate the Complaint filed against Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, and others allegedly involved in the killing Delos Santos,” the letter learn.