RECOMMENDING Justice Minister Menardo I. Guevarra met on Thursday with his successor to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities within the agency.
“This meeting is important to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and uninterrupted operations in the Department of Justice (DoJ),” he told reporters in a Viber statement Thursday.
He said he could meet with incoming Justice Minister Jesus Crispin C. Remulla again for consultations.
Mr. Remulla previously promised to speed up criminal proceedings by developing a digital database to keep track of prison sentences for all prisoners.
He also promised to abide by the constitution when he takes office due to concerns from various human rights groups over his history of accusing individuals of being communists.
During the campaign period, he linked supporters of Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo to the Maoist movement.
Political experts have said activists could have a hard time defending themselves if Mr Remulla became secretary of justice.
“While a lawyer by training, he spent most of his time as a politician,” Maria Ela L. Atienza, who teaches political science at the University of the Philippines, said in a Viber statement. “It is important to monitor his performance as Secretary of Justice.”
As Chief Justice, the former congressman will become a member of the latest anti-terrorism law Anti-Terrorism Council. He will also lead a committee investigating the killings of activists and dissidents.
The DoJ has been under increasing pressure from national and international groups to prosecute more rogue officers.
The Philippine Commission on Human Rights said the Duterte government had encouraged a culture of impunity by obstructing independent investigations and by failing to prosecute erroneous officers involved in the government’s deadly drug war. – John Victor D. Ordoñez