Incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Monday vowed to follow the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte in curbing drugs in the country.
Starting in the backyard of DOJ line agencies, Aguirre said the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) will be first on his agenda.
He warned that there will be drastic changes in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) or the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) to effect reforms in the justice system.
“There will be drastic changes in BuCor. Others will not like [them]because [they]will be harsh,” Aguirre said.
BuCor has been put to task several times because the NBP continued to be an apparent haven for illegal drug lords despite raids conducted by the Justice department.
Aguirre was a former lawyer for respondents in the controversial Vizconde massacre.
He defended one of the accused Hubert Webb, who was later on acquitted by the Supreme Court en banc.
Aguirre was a former classmate of Duterte at the San Beda College of Law in Manila and also the canvassing lawyer of Duterte in the May 2016 presidential polls.