Statement of Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II on the provisional admission of Patricia Paz Cruz-Bautista into the Witness Protection Program

18 August 2017

Today, August 18, 2017, as the Chief Implementor of the government’s Witness Protection Program, I have signed the Certificate of Provisional Admission of PATRICIA PAZ CRUZ-BAUTISTA into the WPP.

The provisional admission of Ms. Cruz-Bautista into the WPP was made in consideration of her safety and security as a potential witness. This is made pursuant to Article III, sections 1 to 3 of the law and Article V, Section 2 of the 2012 Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A.  6981 or the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Program.

We wish to stress that before being provided with actual protection, security and/or benefit under the WPP, Ms. Cruz-Bautista must execute a Memorandum of Agreement. Ms. Cruz-Bautista came to the DOJ freely and voluntarily, with her lawyers, to seek her admission to the WPP.

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