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Guevarra thinks restoring DOJ’s dignified image is like ‘asking for the moon’ : But I still believe in miracles

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MANILA — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday vowed to bring back the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ‘dignified image’.

“I hate to say that our department as well as most agencies attached to it is suffering from a huge image problem — the impost of the building remains the same but it’s somehow corroded inside — it looks solid but its structural integrity is suspect both literally and metaphorically so it is my personal mission to restore the DOJ’s dignified and respectable image to make it a corner stone and not a mere pillar of our justice system,” Guevarra told DOJ employees in his first flag raising ceremony as the head of the agency.

The newly-appointed DOJ chief urged officials and personnel to help him in this task.

“I can’t do it alone. I need you, all of you to start an inner revolution of our values to adopt an attitude that puts premium on the interest of the people we serve especially the underprivileged and the oppressed over and above our individual self-interest,” he stated.

“I know I may be asking for the moon, or I maybe too late in the day, but I still believe in miracles,” Guevarra said.

Earlier, Guevarra said he will give special attention to cases involving illegal drugs and terrorism in compliance with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instructions.

Among the matters to be given priority, Guevarra said, are the review of the controversial drug case involving Cebu businessman Peter Lim and self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and the decision of his predecessor, Vitaliano Aguirre II, to place alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles under provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

(With reports from Jay Ray Masayda-OJT/PNA)

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