JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said that opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has “the makings of a good scriptwriter.
Aguirre issued the statement in response to the lawmaker’s latest tirade that the DoJ chief was setting the stage to absolve businessman Kenneth Dong in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs from China.
“Amusing. I had a good laugh when I read it. We could all use the comic relief he provided,” Aguirre said, adding Trillane’s statement was “laughable.”
The DoJ chief admitted as true that he once said that the government may utilize Dong as a state witness.
However, Aguirre qualified that such possibility all depends on Dong’s participation in the alleged smuggling of shabu, if the controversial businessman was the least guilty or not.
“While it is true that I said that there is a possibility for Mr. Dong to be a state witness, I also said that it will all depend on the determination of Mr. Dong not appearing to be the most guilty. Such a fact has yet to be established,” Aguirre said.
Instead of slinging mud at another person, Aguirre advised Trillanes to divulge the whereabouts of self-confessed media killer Arturo Lascanas, the man who admitted killing broadcaster Jun Pala.
“Since Senator Trillanes is into story writing nowadays, perhaps he should also tell all concerned and responsible media practitioners where he is hiding the self-confessed media killer Arturo Lascanas, the man who admitted killing media man and radio anchor Jun Pala. Now that is a story worth telling,” Aguirre said.
Dong was one of the nine individuals charged by the National Bureau of Investigation with the importation of 602.2 kilograms of shabu that was seized by the NBI and the Bureau of Customs operatives from a warehouse in Valenzuela City on May 26.
A separate complaint for violation of Section 28 of Republic Act 9280 or the Customs Brokers Act of 2004 was also filed against Dong, businessman Manny Li (Li Guang Feng) and Mark Ruben Taguba II for the unauthorized practice of customs broking.
Dong allegedly acted as a middleman for Chen Ju Long alias Richard Chen or Richard Tan, the Chinese businessman who owns the Hongfei Logistics warehouse where the contraband was found.
According to the NBI Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division, Dong helped his friend Li find a broker that will facilitate the processing of the shipment of Li’s client, Chen.