MANILA - Outgoing justice chief Emmanuel Caparas challenged his accusers on Thursday to present proof that he and his team are finishing some "midnight resolutions" ahead of the end of their stint on June 30.
Caparas issued the reaction to a statement issued by the Filipino Alliance for Transparency (FATE) about information that has allegedly reached the group that Caparas has been "meddling" in the resolution of certain cases, rewriting certain resolutions, and selling these resolutions for P5 million, P10 million, and some as high as P20 million.
"That's not true, that's never been true. Anybody who knows me will know that is not true. If [this] group wishes to put substance in their allegation, please let's be fair about it...humarap kayo sa akin, show me what you are talking about," he said.
"Please naman, be responsible about it because if you don't know how to be responsible about it, might as well shut up," he added.
Caparas said incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is free to order an investigation into the report, reacting to Aguirre's statement over media that he has formed a team of lawyers to discuss the matter with FATE and "receive information."
The justice secretary said the controversy may have been concocted by one of the litigants in a case pending before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
"I have an inkling of where this is coming from. Obviously there's an interest here," he said.
The controversy will not stop Caparas from signing petitions for review and motion for reconsideration resolutions within the time remaining for his term. He insists he is merely doing his job.