Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre referred to the Department of Justice (DOJ) as “the tip of President Duterte’s spear in his many wars on drugs, criminality and corruption.”

Aguirre made the remarks before some 200 officials and personnel of the justice department during his first “greet and meet” session for the Calabarzon region, especially involving Batangas and Mindoro Island provinces, at the Pontefino Hotel here.

DOJ oversees bureaus and agencies like the Public Attorney’s Office, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Immigration and Bureau of Corrections, among others.

Aguirre underscored the President’s avowed purpose to end corruption in government and challenged his DOJ family “to be on the same page with us as we wage all these battles to curb and eradicate these evils.”

“Corruption must end and by God’s grace, it will end one way or the other,” Aguirre declared.

He admitted that there are still corrupt elements under the DOJ, and strongly warned them to mend their ways, as the agency is going full blast in purging its ranks of misfits.

The DOJ secretary also addressed concerns by some quarters that “it is hard to get an audience with him,” saying the “meet and greet” event is his time to listen and know the situations in the field.

Aguirre also announced both personnel development and logistical support to DOJ workers, especially those working in the field. He appealed to them to be patient for enhancements and improvements are taking shape.

“We are putting in place many things we believe will make our entire department better than when we found it almost a year ago,” Aguirre said.

He also disclosed there are some disgruntled elements secretly plotting for his ouster.

Aguirre vowed to disappoint them by doing the right thing, noting he continues to have the President’s trust and confidence. (PNA)