Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II mentioned it’s doable detained Senator Leila De Lima could possibly be blamed for the fire over the Resorts World Manila the place 37 individuals died from suffocation following an attacked by a dismissed authorities worker.
Aguirre revealed De Lima, when she was nonetheless Justice Secretary issued a authorized opinion telling the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has no authority to impose the nation’s fire legal guidelines over casinos together with the Resorts World Manila.
In the authorized opinion, De Lima mentioned solely the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has the authority to take action.
“Dapat imbestigahan ang epekto ng kanyang DO (department order) o nung opinion niya sa pangyayari na yun,” he mentioned.
Aguirre has already requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to find out if the BFP did observe De Lima’s authorized opinion.
If the BFP did, Aguirre mentioned one of many charges which could possibly be filed towards De Lima can be for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
“Kung it will be shown by evidence na that there was no certification from the Bureau of Fire Protection because of the said legal opinion,” he mentioned.
“Pag binasa mo naman yung batas…there is nothing in the law, enabling law, yung Republic Act 7916 (Special Economic Zone Act), showing na may ganoong provision,” Aguirre famous.