New DOJ chief to probe ‘midnight resolutions’

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Incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Thursday assured that once he assumes office, he will immediately order an investigation of “midnight resolutions for sale.”

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Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas also on Thursday was accused as the seller of such resolutions and dared his accusers to show proof of alleged wrongdoing.

The “midnight resolutions’ are said to be rushed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) before Aguirre takes over on June 30.

Caparas’ successor described the accusation as “very serious” and that he will leave no stone unturned in probing the issue.

“This is a very serious accusation specially against Secretary Caparas. I will talk to the accusers tomorrow [Friday] to show documents or proof to this,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said delicadeza [sense of propriety]dictates that if the case has been pending for the past five years, it will be questionable if it is acted on only now.

In his news conference, Caparas denied the accusation that was made in a statement issued by the Filipino Alliance for Transparency (FATE).

The group alleged that they received information that the current DOJ chief has been “meddling” in the resolution of certain cases, rewriting certain resolution and selling these resolutions for P5 million, P10 million and some as high as P20 million, respectively.

“That’s not true, that’s never been true. Anybody who knows me will know that is not true.
If [this]group wishes to put substance in their allegation, please let’s be fair about it… humarap kayo sa akin [face me], show me what you are talking about,” Caparas said.

“Please… be responsible about it because if you don’t know how to be responsible about it, might as well shut up,” he added.

Caparas said he will continue to perform his duty and he has a job to do until June 30.

He pointed out that he welcomes Aguirre’s planned probe because everything he does is above-board.

JOMAR CANLAS

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