In choosing de Lima for that important, yet sensitive position, what he had in mind, most probably, was to have somebody oozing with credibility factor.
As PNoy himself has a high rating of believability among Filipinos, so shall it be for his appointments in his cabinet.
In this particular instance, when PNoy said that there will be “no reconciliation without justice” and give de Lima the marching orders to “begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all,” he was simply telling the people and assuring them that he meant what he said in going after corrupt government officials, to include former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her cohorts.
Thus, when Justice Secretary Leila de Lima accepted the challenge and immediately started the investigation into the graft charges filed against her former boss, former president and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga’s second district, she was simply proving that she was up for the job and had the balls to do it – willingly!
What is even reassuring here is that the new DOJ chief opted not to pass the case to the Office of the Ombudsman, which normally investigates and prosecutes graft cases, saying, “There is no exclusivity to the Omsbudsman when it comes to investigating graft cases. The Department of Justice (DOJ) or any other investigative body could conduct the investigation before passing it to the Omsbudsman for prosecution at the Sandiganbayan.”
De Lima also vowed to resolve all high-profile cases expeditiously in order to remove the perception that “the wheels of justice do not move swiftly enough” in the country.
Interestingly and with great anticipation, people will be watching how these high-profile cases will unfold once the Truth Commission, to be headed by former SC Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., is set in place.
As it is, the expectations are high that PNoy’s administration really means business and wants to succeed.
It has taken a woman with backbone, political will and the balls to start the wheels of justice grinding against the high and mighty.
Now we can start breathing with relief!