Remulla calls out LRA, BuCor, BI for corrupt practices

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FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin
FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla holds a news conference outside the gates of the Export Processing Zone Authority Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 in General Trias township, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

On his first official day as the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary, Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla has named the three most problematic DOJ-attached agencies that need help namely: the Land Registration Authority (LRA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

The DOJ chief, who has been criticized before due to fake news-peddling and red-tagging the opposition, said he was told that a syndicate is running the system of the LRA, but he did not expound.

Kayo ba dito na kasama ko ay papayag na tumagal pa ang sindikatong ito na marahil darating ang isang araw na lahat ng tahanan natin ay makuha na nila kapag ating pinayagan na sila ay manaig pa sa ating lipunan?” Remulla said in his first flag ceremony as Justice chief on Monday (July 4).

(Will you all allow this syndicate to thrive because someday they might get a hold on all agencies if we let them dominate our society?)

LRA has earlier been identified by the Task Force against Corruption led by former Justice Menardo Guevarra as among government agencies filled with corruption.

Meanwhile, Remulla accused the immigration bureau of having “extortion syndicate, human trafficking syndicate, and protection syndicates.”

He noted that while BI is the “face of the country” as a frontline organization, its officials have been fired and faced cases in the last six years following the extortion case of two of its former deputy commissioners and recently, the "pastillas" scam or the scheme of extorting money from Chinese citizens in exchange for entry to the country.

“The sad thing about the Bureau of Immigration is that they exercise sovereign powers, it is the face of the country and we Filipinos have a duty to protect our own country, what more for the frontline organization that people see when they enter and leave the country,” Remulla said.

BuCor, which has been caught in various corruption controversies including illegal drug trading inside Bilibid jail and the Good Conduct and Time Allowance issue in 2019, was also mentioned by the DOJ chief.

Hanggang ngayon walang tigil ang activities na nangyayari na talagang nakakasira sa ating lipunan (Until now, activites that really destroy our society persist),” Remulla said.

Remulla, whose family is a close ally of the Marcoses said that Marcos Jr. picked him as justice secretary because he can ‘get things done.’

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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