“Tell that to the Marines.”

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday(June 21) rebuked Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II for denying any involvement in the drafting of the decision that downgraded the prison charges towards the principal suspects in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

“He cannot (evade responsibility). He should be man enough (to admit responsibility),” Drilon mentioned in chiding the DOJ chief.

Aguirre earlier denied signing the controversial DOJ decision, saying the matter will nonetheless be determined by the courts

Drilon, a former justice secretary, identified that the workplace of the DOJ chief handles all appeals for the assessment of instances.

“The prosecutor is under the control and supervision of the secretary. So how can he say that he wasn’t the one who ordered it? Of course, I came from the DOJ and for sensational cases such as this, tell that to the marines that he did not order it,” he harassed.

Aguirre is probably going to be summoned by the Senate to clarify the downgrading from homicide to murder the charges filed towards the alleged killers of Espinosa led by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Region eight (CIDG-Region eight) chief Supt. Marvin Marcos.

The DOJ’s transfer was seen as a blatant disregard to the Senate’s findings that the killing of Espinosa was premeditated by the group of Marco. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrived at an identical conclusion that it was a rubout and with prison intent.

A decision has already been filed in the Senate and it’s seen to pave for the reopening of the probe into the Espinosa killing.

Source: politics.com.ph