Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has junked the decision of the Liberal Party to cease the National Bureau of Investigation from investigating potential destabilization plots in opposition to the federal government.
“I cannot revoke it because it is my duty under the law to protect the President and our country from destabilizers who wanted to bring down the government,” Aguirre stated.
Aguirre gave the directive to the NBI beneath Department Order No. 385 dated June 7 “to conduct investigation and case build-up over the alleged destablization plot against the government of the Republic of the Philippines by some Senators and other opposition leaders, and if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate cases against those who may be found liable.”
“We demand that Department Order 385 be revoked and for Aguirre to stop the political harassment of members of Congress and the opposition, even as we continue to study our legal options against him,” the Liberal Party stated over the weekend.
The LP stated the order after Aguirre was broadly criticized for claiming that Senators Paolo Aquino and Antonio Trillanes IV, together with Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, had been concerned in a destabilization plot that led to the Marawi siege.
“After massive flak for this, he backtracked and admitted that he was confused by several reports and clarified that the accusations he made were a mistake, further conceding that the allegations were based on fake news,” the LP added. “Given said events, we question the credibility of the basis of this investigation.”