What Does Boying Remulla Plan to Do as Bongbong Marcos' Justice Secretary?
It seems like presumptive President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. has found his Department of Justice Secretary in Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla.
In a Zoom call on Monday, May 23, Remulla confirmed the news with reporters by saying, "I’ve accepted it. It’s an honor… It’s a very rare opportunity given to lawyers like us."
Remulla and Marcos Jr.'s relationship go back to their days as members of the House of Representatives. "Marami na kaming pinagsamahan in the past. We were together from 2007 to 2010 in the House... We would always have conversations talaga," he expressed.
The former Cavite governor ran unopposed during this year's elections. The Justice nomination would mean that Cavite's 7th district representative will be relinquishing his post. In Remulla's case, he does have the option to either appoint an interim representative or hold a special election once he vacates.
During the 2022 elections, Remulla ran under the "UniTeam" coalition. He campaigned for Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio in Cavite, where Marcos Jr. garnered roughly 1.12 million votes.
Remulla isn't a stranger to controversy, though. In March, he was criticized by Caviteños for alleging that those who attended Vice President Leni Robredo's campaign sortie had communist ties or were paid for their attendance.
Remulla was also the Senior Deputy Majority Leader and vice chairperson of the House Committee on Good Government And Public Accountability during the 18th Congress. Under his leadership, he was among the lawmakers who moved to deny the franchise renewal bid of ABS-CBN. Remulla had accused the media giant of skirting tax laws. But the Bureau of Internal Revenue would later clear the broadcast giant of any cases or anomalies.
As Justice Secretary, Remulla said he plans to reform the system. "Marami kaming naging conversation ni incoming President Marcos during the campaign… At that time, I had no idea I was being considered… The other specific things, we will talk about it later kasi maraming mali sa ating justice system na dapat itama natin, iwasto natin," he expressed.
Remulla is expected to also lead the panel that will investigate politically motivated killings and abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's "War on Drugs" campaign, as well as various issues that mar the D.O.J.
He added: "Kakampi o kalaban, mayaman o mahirap, lahat basta't Pilipino. Kahit nga banyaga kailangan irespeto natin ang kanilang karapatan."
Did he expect the appointment?
"Tumakbo ako para maglingkod bilang representante, pero kapag tinawag ka ng pangulo, paano ka tatanggi kung ang iyong bayan ay maraming problema na puwede mong matulungan na iayos?" he said.
Remulla and outgoing D.O.J. Sec. Menardo Guevarra will discuss the transition soon.