JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd on Friday announced that the recently signed Republic Act (RA) 10867 by former President Benigno Aquino 3rd will enable the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to have 2,000 more agents to aid in fighting corruption, criminality, and the rampant use of illegal drugs.
Aguirre said that this law would not be possible without outgoing NBI Director Atty. Virgilio Mendez’s persistence to improve and modernize the NBI’s facilities, training mechanisms, intelligence gathering and case investigations’ processes.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo [I am grateful to you],” Aguirre said to Mendez in his turnover ceremony at the NBI gym.
“Tamang-tama na sa pag-upo ng ating newly appointed director, maisasakatuparan na ang batas na iyan [It is very appropriate that when our newly appointed director takes office, that law can be implemented],” Aguirre said, pertaining to NBI Director Atty. Dante Gierran.
Aguirre also assured that the NBI should not stop in battling drug lords and solving heinous crimes at all costs.
He reiterated that the Bureau should not engage in anomalies and crimes, but instead serve as agents for change.
“The NBI has always been a premier police agency of the country. Lalong-lalo na po noong 1990s and early 2000s. Huwag po nating sirain ang reputasyong ito [Especially in the 1990s and early 2000s. Let us not destroy this reputation],” Aguirre said.
The justice secretary pointed out that the NBI is no exception to the “cleansing processes,” and said that the agency should “segregate its bad eggs.”
“Iilan lang naman po ang sangkot sa mga anomalya dito [Only a few are involved in these anomalies],” Aguirre said to the whole NBI community. “Itigil na po natin ito sapagkat madami pang panahon para magbago [Let’s put an end to them, since there is much time to reform].”
Aguirre also discussed his plans to make every department, including his own, a corruption-free agency that will be a prime mover for change.