Reply of Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II to the announcement of Senator Leila De Lima that DOJ is expediting the issuance of warrant of arrest against her

13 February 2017

It is totally erroneous.

It is a very irresponsible statement coming from a former Secretary of Justice

- Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II

The claim of Senator De Lima is totally erroneous. As a lawyer and as a former Secretary of Justice, she should know that the DOJ does not issue warrants of arrest. Consequently, it is totally irresponsible of her to announce that the DOJ is expediting the issuance of such warrants. That is a blatant lie and a total misinformation. Senator De Lima’s motivation for saying such is beyond us.

It is a totally irresponsible statement. It implies that we can control or influence our courts. We do not do that, at least in my time as Secretary of Justice. It might be what was done during her time at the DOJ but definitely it will not be done during my time.

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