Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday, May 9 instructed House of Representatives (HOR) members that solely President Rodrigo Duterte–essentially the most highly effective man within the nation–can revoke the alleged disadvantageous Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO)-Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) contract.

“I believe it is the President who could declare this as illegal and cancel the contract immediately,” Aguirre instructed the joint House panel that launched an investigation on the supposed three way partnership settlement (JVA) between the 2 entities.

Signed in 2003 with a 25-year protection interval, the contract is filled with constitutional infirmities and is extra like a lease settlement than a JVA, Aguirre reckoned in the course of the listening to. This echoed the DOJ’s place paper on the matter.

Asked by the solons what sort of motion the DOJ plans to do relating to the shady JVA, Aguirre defined that technically, it’s the BuCor that ought to act on it.

That’s as a result of the BuCor and never the DOJ is instantly concerned with the contract. He stated essentially the most that the DOJ can do is to make suggestions to the Bureau, which is an hooked up company of the Department.

“If the President would not tackle this, then we are going to make a recommendation to BuCor that they should institute appropriate action for the declaration of nullity of this particular contract since it is the BuCor which is the party with TADECO in the execution of this contract,” he defined.

The contract permits TADECO to make the most of some 5,308-hectare penal lands in Davao for its banana plantations. However, it’s grossly underpaying the federal government beneath the deal.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the lawmaker who sought the inquiry, claims that the JVA will cheat the federal government of over P25 billion as soon as the contract is finished.