Sunday, August 20, 2017

Drillon slams Caloocan prosecutor over "personal prejudices", wants Aguirre to replace him

Senator Franklin Drillon / from Inquirer Photo file (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon criticized Caloocan City prosecutor Darwin Canete over the latter's “personal prejudices” on the killing of a 17-year old student in an anti-drug operation.

Drilon urged Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to relieve Canete of his position as prosecutor.

In an interview, Canete told inquirer that the possibility of Kian Delos Santos being “totally innocent boy planted (with) P16,000 worth of drugs” is not likely to happen.

“The case is seriously prejudiced by Cañete. His frame of mind and line of reasoning are very disturbing. We must never tolerate such behavior of a fiscal that imperils the administration of justice in the country,” Drilon said.

According to Drilon, Canete is too occupied of his prejudiced statements against Delos Santos thus, “he cannot be trusted” to fulfil his duties to conduct investigation and prosecute the responsible policemen of Kian’s death.

Drillon has requested Aguirre to remove Canate immediately from the case “for manifesting partiality and hostility towards the victim.”

“The risk of prejudice is too great in the case of Canete and this behooves the secretary of justice to intervene, if he is intent on fulfilling his job of administering justice in the country,” Drillon said.

The senator also mentioned Section of RA10071 or the Prosecution Services Act of 2010 that states the Secretary of Justice can designate a prosecutor from any office of the province or city prosecutor within the region as acting or be a city prosecutor “in instances where parties question the partiality or bias of a particular city or provincial prosecutor.”

“This would be nothing but lip service if he, in his capacity as Justice Secretary, does not properly respond to Cañete’s public pronouncements,” Drillon added.

Furthermore, Drllon also said that he would suggest to Aguirre that Canate be re-assigned to other post like in the Department of Justice’s proper where he can reacquaint himself with the basics of due process and respect for the rule of law.”

According to Drillon the administration of justice in the country is better served without someone like Canete, who are the reason why the public does not trust the justice system.