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Ex-DOJ chief Aguirre returns to gov’t; gets appointed to Napolcom

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 07:33 PM January 11, 2021
DOJ Vitaliano Aguirre II —JOAN BONDOC

Former Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II INQUIRER file photo / JOAN BONDOC

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed this on Monday in a message to INQUIRER.net.

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“We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the appointment of Mr. Vitaliano ‘Vit’ Aguirre II as Commissioner of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) representing the private sector,” Roque said in a separate statement.

“Mr. Aguirre served as Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary during the early years of the Duterte Administration. This bodes well in his new position to make the police service competent, effective, credible and responsive to our people’s needs. Good luck to Mr. Aguirre in his present appointment,” he added.

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Aguirre, Duterte’s classmate and fraternity brother in law school, resigned as Justice secretary in 2018.

This was after Malacañang said the President was displeased with the dismissal of drug charges against confessed drug dealer Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., alleged drug lord Peter Lim, and more.

Last year, Aguirre was linked to the “pastillas” scheme where bribes were paid to grease the entry of Chinese citizens in the country which he vehemently denied.

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