Remulla OKs offer to be justice chief

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Cavite 7th District Representative Jose Crispin
Cavite 7th District Representative Jose Crispin "Boying" Remulla. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla agreed to be the next Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary of the new administration under presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Marcos Jr. said that he “asked him [Remulla] to join the government as the Secretary of the Department of Justice.”

The dictator’s son added, “I think he will be very good. He has a great many years of experience in government. And what many people do not know [is that] he is a very, very good lawyer."

Remulla mentioned that he was honored to take on the job.

"I accepted it. It's an honor to serve the country in that capacity," he said.

The catch is, he would no longer occupy the post he was recently elected for. He ran for reelection as Cavite’s 7th district congressman in the May 9 election. Remulla said that he’d prefer that someone were to take over his position.

"I'd prefer meron pa ring nakaupo sa distrito ko because mahalaga sa pagsuporta sa pangulo. That's one more congressman for the president hopefully, tutulong sa presidente," he said.

(I’d prefer that someone would sit on behalf of my district because it is important tos support the president. That’s one more congressman who would hopefully assist the president.)

Last March, #BoyingSinungaling topped the Twitter trends for eight hours straight for accusing that a certain politician paid P500 to each attendee during a campaign rally.

The only well-publicized rally that day was the first Cavite sortie of outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo.

He also red-tagged some attendees of the Cavite rally, saying that they were “trained” by the National Democratic Front [of the Philippines] (NDFP), an alliance of revolutionary organizations taking part in the peace talks.

As Justice secretary, he will have oversight on investigations on the Bloody Sunday massacre, where nine activists across CALABARZON – all victims of red-tagging – were supposedly killed by state forces.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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