Statement of SOJ Vitaliano N. Aguirre II on the issuance of Department Order holding in abeyance earlier directive to investigate drug cases

03 February 2017

"In compliance with the earlier pronouncement of President Duterte, I have signed Memorandum Circular No.005, placing Department Order No. 554, dated August 25, 2016, in a state of indefinite suspension. Consequently, the authority of the NBI to investigate and to conduct case build-up of cases falling under Republic Act No. 9165 is held in abeyance until further notice", Justice Secretary Aguirre stated after signing the Circular. "The DOJ and the NBI will now focus its energy and resources in waging war against corruption and in waging war against criminality", Secretary Aguirre added.

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