Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:53
Malacanang assured that President Benigno S. Aquino III has his full trust and confidence on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima amid calls from some groups for her to step down citing failure to file charges against erring government officials specifically from the previous administration.
In a regular press briefing at the Palace on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the President upholds confidence on the Justice Secretary as manifested by her frequent attendance to meetings in the Palace especially on legal issues concerning the government.
“The President maintains his confidence on Secretary Leila de Lima, she’s always called during meetings in the Palace,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda made it clear that Secretary De Lima is focused on her responsibilities saying that it’s just that the government is taking actions meticulously, especially in gathering sufficient pieces of evidence before filing cases against unscrupulous public officials before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“I understand the impatience of some groups but we have to be very prudent in the way we gather evidence, I can very well tell you that Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima has been hard at work, in fact she was with us in this morning’s meeting with the President,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda also said that the Aquino administration is not singling out anyone in filing necessary cases adding that such charges will be filed depending on the evidences gathered.
A group of 30 individuals led by a radio program anchor gathered in front of the Department of Justice on Monday assailing the Justice Secretary for alleged poor performance in failing to resolve graft and plunder charges against a former President. The group called for De Lima to step down from her post for alleged failure to file charges against those who have plundered the country during the previous administration. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)
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