807-page petition seeks Aguirre ouster
A YOUTH group whose leaders wore colorful wigs trooped to the Department of Justice on Wednesday to demand the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
The group dubbed as YouthRESIST delivered to the DoJ an 807-page petition, citing reasons why Aguirre should resign.
The petition, which contained 17,000 signatures gathered through online platform change.org, asked Aguirre to step down for allegedly spreading fake news.
The incidents the group cited include showing a photo where opposition leaders allegedly hatched a plan to escalate the conflict in Marawi.
The petition also mentioned his supposed exchange of messages with former congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras to expedite the filing of a criminal case against Senator Risa Hontiveros.
“Aguirre must vacate his post at once to protect the public from his machinations. A scheming secretary of Justice is an injustice to the victims of the killings,” the petition said.
Aguirre already rejected calls for his resignation.
“I serve at the pleasure of the President. While I respect the views of everyone to express themselves freely, I will stay for as long as I enjoy the trust and confidence of the President,” he said in a statement.
Reacting to the critics propensity to focus on his hair, Aguirre said: “My hair is the frailty of my scalp, it is the frailty of my genes, there is nothing that can be done about it.”