It will be a working Independence Day for us. We are here to personally verify the sufficiency of the preparations of our DOJ Teams as they go about the inquest proceedings of the detained Maute-ISIS personalities. Those responsible will be brought to justice. As I have said before, justice is a 24/7 commitment of your Department of Justice to the Filipino people. We are here to honor that commitment.
- Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II
As the nation celebrates Independence Day on June 12, 2017, a high level Department of Justice delegation headed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II will arrive in Laguidingan Airport in Misamis Oriental to oversee the preparations of DOJ Prosecutors for the start of the inquest proceedings against detained Maute-ISIS personalities. The parties subject of the inquest proceedings are tied to the violent attacks on the people of Marawi City.
Joining the delegation are DOJ Undersecretaries Antonio Kho Jr., supervising undersecretary for the DOJ National Prosecution Service and Renante Orceo, the undersecretary tasked to set up the temporary office of the City Prosecutor’s Office of Marawi City in Iligan City and who supervised the airlift of the equipment and supplies to the Marawi prosecutors.
Earlier today, Undersecretary Deo Marco, undersecretary for Internal Affairs arrived in Cagayan De Oro to oversee the initial preparations of the DOJ teams tasked to handle the inquest proceedings.
Upon their arrival, the DOJ delegation will have a working lunch with the DOJ Team headed by Cagayan De Oro City Prosecutor’s Office Officer in Charge, Atty. Merlyn Uy. This will give the visiting delegation an idea of the level of preparations undertaken and the enormity of the challenges that they may face, including but not limited to logistics and security. Secretary Aguirre and his group will also visit the offices of the DOJ Team.
Inquest proceedings will start at 1 p.m. at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan De Oro City.
“As we celebrate our Independence Day, we are starting the inquest proceedings for the personalities allegedly involved in the violent attacks on Marawi City and its residents. This is your DOJ’s way of liberating the people of Marawi City as well as the whole nation from the fear of the attacks happening again. When the perpetrators are brought to justice and are made to suffer the full measure of our laws, the Filipino people can once again be free from fear”, Justice Secretary Aguirre said.
“I commend all our prosecutors and everyone who are part of the DOJ Teams tasked to handle the inquest proceedings for their willingness to work even during this holiday in the name of justice and for all the innocents who suffered during the dastardly attack on Marawi City”, Secretary Aguirre added.
“Once they have been subjected to inquest proceedings, we will work towards having the high value parties transferred to Manila to better secure them”, Secretary Aguirre further stated.
Secretary Aguirre will return to Manila on June 13, 2017, Tuesday while Undersecretary Kho was tasked to remain in Cagayan De Oro for as long as his supervision is needed.