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By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he will not heed calls of the opposition to resign over allegations the parents of slain Grade 11 student Kian Loyd delos Santos were bribed to join propaganda against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (center) with Saldy and Lorenza Delos Santos, parents of slain Grade 11 student Kian Delos Santos (DOJ / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, the President, and not of any political party,” he said in a statement.

Aguirre reacted to the calls of the Liberal Party (LP) to resign for allegedly making false accusations that the opposition offered the parents of Delos Santos money to be used in the propaganda against Duterte.

The Secretary said he was interviewed over the radio where he was to confirm reports that the opposition made the offer.

“I replied that I also heard something about it but i did not mention any amount,” said Aguirre as he recounted the Wednesday’s interview of broadcaster Jojo Robles over DWIZ.

The Liberal Party has issued a statement saying it “strongly denies allegations that its members attempted to bribe Saldy and Lorenza Delos Santos to use the death of their son Kian for political propaganda.”

“The party has not made any contact with Mr. and Mrs. Delos Santos outside of commiserating with them at Kian’s wake and funeral,” it stated.

Since this is not the first time he issued “fake news”, the LP told Aguirre that he should resign from his post.

“We recall numerous instances the Secretary himself had to recant and apologize for that fake news he spread about the party and its members,” the LP said.

“Earlier this year, the Secretary had, for instance, apologized in a Senate hearing for lying that three senators, Senators Francis Pangilinan (LP President) and Leila de Lima (LP), and Antonio Trillanes IV (Magdalo), were planning to offer immunity to some of the personalities involved in the P50-million bribery scandal at the Bureau of Immigration,” it stated.

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