Remulla identifies 3 'problematic' DOJ-attached agencies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — New Justice Secretary Boying Remulla on Monday named three attached agencies under the Department of Justice (DOJ) that he said are plagued with syndicates and other serious problems.

"Tatlong ahensya na talagang nangangailangan na ng tulong mula sa atin [There are three agencies that really need our help]," Remulla said as he faced DOJ employees during his first flag raising ceremony on Monday.

Remulla said these are the Land Registration Authority (LRA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Remulla revealed that a syndicate is running LRA, but clarified he was not generalizing all LRA employees.

"Sa LRA sasabihin ko po, 95% ng tao maayos, baka 99% pa. Yung isang porsyento na hindi nag-aayos ay nababahiran ng lahat," he said.

[Translation: In the LRA, I'll tell you, 95% of people are good, maybe 99%. But the one percent who is problematic is tainting the rest of the agency.]

His predecessor, now Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra, identified the LRA in October 2020 as one of the five agencies that DOJ would prioritize to investigate for alleged corruption.

The same is true, Remulla said, with the BI where "extortion, human trafficking, and protection syndicates" are prevalent.

"[T]he sad thing about Bureau of Immigration is that Bureau of Immigration exercises sovereign powers. it is the face of the country. And we Filipinos have a duty to protect our own country," he said.

As for BuCor, he pointed out that activities that damage society continue incessantly.

The National Bureau of Investigation recently filed a criminal complaint against 22 cops from the National Capital Region Police Office over the questionable death of high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prison.

Remulla said his vision for the DOJ is to see to it that the rule of law prevails in the country.

"[That] is what the DOJ stands for, the DOJ is there to give justice to every man, woman, and child, no matter the circumstance at birth, no matter the economic standing, we will give them all our sense of justice," he said.