Those who want Aguirre out want other officials to follow

April 4, 2018 - 2:50 PM
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, in file photo. He ordered vacated the prosecutors' dismissal of drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and several others. He also ordered the investigation of the prosecutors, sparking unrest in the prosecution service. PHIL. STAR

MANILA, Philippines — Those who agree that it is about time for Aguirre to be fired also clamored for other government officials to be given the boot out of President Duterte’s cabinet.

Some view Aguirre’s departure as a welcome development following the widely-criticized DOJ resolution last month that recommended the dropping of charges against high profile drug suspects Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa, the latter of whom had already admitted to involvement in the drug trade.

For some, the rumored axing comes from President Rodrigo Duterte’s disdain for bad press. A good chunk of the public vitriol following the controversial DOJ resolution was flung at the head of state himself.

Aguirre was a classmate of Duterte in the San Beda College of Law. Both are members of the Lex Talionis Fraternity.

Some Filipinos also took the opportunity to air out their desire to see the removal of other polarizing cabinet members, particularly three from the President Communication Operations Office: secretary Martin Andanar, undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, and assistant secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson.

Not everyone convinced

Despite some being pleased with the possibility of seeing Aguirre out of the cabinet, others think that the justice secretary’s removal is a calculated move by a higher power.

Some have also expressed their regret and shown empathy for the embattled Aguirre.

As of this writing, the Palace has announced that Aguirre has yet to send any resignation letter. It has also claimed that same for Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who has also figured in Wednesday morning’s streak of reports.

petition calling for Aguirre’s resignation was initiated last year on, an online platform that allows users to start signature campaigns. The petition, authored by an organization called ‘Youth Resist has close to 20,000 signatures. A link to the ongoing petition was circulated anew in social media following the DOJ’s series of controversial moves last month.