Villar spouse, new appointees expected to stamp out corruption in DoJ

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JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday told BusinessWorld he expected President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s new high ranking appointees in the Department of Justice (DoJ) to have “excellent work output” and “to stamp out corrupt practices in the department.”

Mr. Guevarra was referring to DIWA party list Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar and lawyers Adrian F. Sugay, and Mark L. Perete who were appointed as undersecretaries, as well as lawyer Neal Vincent M. Bainto who was appointed assistant secretary last Wednesday, July 11.

According to Mr. Guevarra, Messrs. Sugay, Perete, and Bainto will take their post “immediately after taking their oath on Monday (July 16.)”

Meanwhile, Ms. Aglipay-Villar — a lawyer and the wife of Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar — will start “in early August” as Mr. Guevarra explained she was “winding up her congressional responsibilities.”

All four replaced former undersecretaries Raymund L. Mecate, Erickson H. Balmes, and Reynante B. Orceo, as well as assistant secretary Juvy R. Manwong.

BusinessWorld reported on Wednesday that Mr. Guevarra cited trust and confidence as the factors which prompted him to recommend the four to Mr. Duterte. — Dane Angelo M. Enerio