Read up compañero! Aguirre defends Napoles’ entry into WPP to IBP president
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday advised Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Atty. Abdiel Fajardo to carefully read the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 6981 before questioning the Justice Department’s move provisionally accepting Janet Lim-Napoles into the witness protection program.
“Please tell him to read the 2012 IRR, Article 5 Section 2 of Republic Act 6981. Tell him to read first the IRR before commenting,” Aguirre said in a SMS.
Under RA 6981, before a person is admitted into the WPP, he or she shall execute a sworn statement describing in detail the manner in which the offense was committed and his or her participation therein.
If after the examination of the said person, his or her sworn statement and other relevant facts, the DOJ is satisfied that the requirements of the law and its implementing rules are complied, then that person can be admitted into the WPP.
Aguirre issued the statement when Fajardo asked the DoJ’s basis in admitting Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the pork barrel scam – into the WPP.
Fajardo disclosed there is no provision in Republic Act 6981 or the Witness Protection and Security Benefit Act allowing a provisional or temporary coverage.
“I look at the law and there is no provision about provisional acceptance so I want to hear from the DOJ what they mean by that,” Fajardo said.
“The law said accept or not only. If they are saying there are threats to her life, well, she is already in custody,” he added.