MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla will take a ten-day welfare leave effective immediately for undisclosed “personal reasons,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.
“We ask that you please understand and respect the Secretary’s privacy during this time. We look forward to the Secretary’s return and continued service to the DOJ and the Filipino people,” read the DOJ’s statement.
He also said Remulla’s furlough would not affect the department’s operation.
“Our managers and employees will continue to work diligently and fulfill their respective responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of our department’s operations during the secretary’s absence,” the document said.
“Rest assured that the DOJ will continue to carry out its vital functions and responsibilities, including protecting the rights of every Filipino citizen, without any interruption,” he added.
Remulla on Monday skipped the DOJ-Philippine National Police training program for law enforcement officers at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
Justice Undersecretary Raul Vasquez delivered Remulla’s call-to-action message on behalf of the secretary.
Remulla, in a Viber message to reporters, said Vasquez was the officer in charge of the DOJ while he was away.
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