Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre claimed that some P40 million has been left unused by the Department of Justice task force on extrajudicial killings.

Aguirre blamed the frequent changes in DOJ leadership for this failure to use budget.

Aguirre: DOJ failed to use 40M to probe killings
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He claims “a lot of money is still left” with four months left remaining in this year.

“This is due to the frequent switching of secretaries. They could not make uniform policies,” he said. “That is why a lot of money was not spent.”

The funds if remained unspent, will be remitted to the National Treasury.

Aguirre cited Leila de Lima’s task force created in 2013 to handle cases of extrajudicial killings, kidnappings and torture.

The task force was pursuant to Former President Benigno Aquino’s Administrative Order No. 35 which inter-agency “superbody” to ensure effective investigations and successful prosecutions of grave human rights violations.

Aquino appointed two secretaries after De Lima left office in 2015 to campaign for a senate seat.

Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa replaced De Lima, but he was appointed  Supreme Court Associate Justice in January 2016. An undersecretary, Emmanuel L. Caparas, took over until the end of the Aquino administration in June. MJM

Source: Inquirer

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