DOJ will focus on 3 ‘problematic’ government agencies

On his first day at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” C. Remulla revealed that three agencies attached to the DOJ are considered “problematic” and need to be cleaned up to root out unions, corruption and irregularities.

During the flag-raising ceremony at the DOJ, Remulla identified the three agencies as the Land Registry Authority, Bureau of Immigration (BI), and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Remulla assured DOJ officials and employees that he is committed to fulfilling the department’s mandate.

“You can expect me to be totally committed to our case, totally committed to what the Department of Justice stands for and what we should stand for,” he said.

According to him, he was informed that there is a union operating in the LRA. “I don’t generalize. I believe 95 or maybe 99 percent of those in the LRA are clean. But the corrupt one percent stains everyone. It is a heavy task,” he admitted.

At BI, he said there are a number of syndicates operating, including those that engage in extortion, protection and human trafficking.

At BuCor, Remulla lamented that illegal activities continue to take place inside the country’s prisons.

He said that since being appointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. to head the DOJ, he has been studying the work that needs to be done at the department and its 10 attached agencies.

The DOJ on Monday named Rogelio D. Gevero, Jr. as the officer in charge (OIC) of the Office of Immigration, replacing BI Commissioner Jaime Morente whose term coincides with former President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. ordered all coincident officials from the previous administration to leave their posts.

The President issued the order by issuing Circular Memorandum (MC) No. 1, through Executive Secretary Victor D. Rodriguez, last Thursday. MC 1 took effect at noon on June 30, 2022.

Gevero is currently the head of the office’s Immigration Regulations Division.

In a memorandum signed by Remulla, Gevero will serve as OCI until a new immigration commissioner is appointed by President Marcos Jr., to ensure continued and effective public service delivery. With Vito Barcelona

Ashley C. Reynolds