The “guardian angel” of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez monitors not only his health but also all documents, including the “work of evil”
of the so-called mafia in the department.
Gonzalez’s son, Dr. Marigold Gonzalez, checks on the health of his father every time he works at the Executive Lounge of the Department of Justice.
A source of The Manila Times said Dr. Gonzalez serves as the sentinel inside the Office of the Secretary to weed out the mafia. The shadowy group is said to be composed of civilians and employees engaged in large-scale case-fixing for huge fees.
The Secretary’s visitors are “sanitized” by his son to ensure that he is not infected with virus. The justice chief recently underwent a kidney transplant.
It was learned that the mafia cannot penetrate anymore the inner office of Gonzalez and make him sign dubious documents since Dr. Gonzalez is guarding his father.
Another person watching thoroughly the documents of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is Undersecretary Fidel Exconde, Gonzalez’s chief of staff.
“With Marigold and Undersecretary Exconde around, the DOJ mafia cannot get their way to feed wrong information and erroneous resolutions to the Secretary. They have abused the confidence of the good secretary but not with Marigold and Exconde around,” said a source who declined to be identified.
Dr. Gonzalez serves as the “muscle” inside the department, and Exconde the “skeleton.” The department’s regular procedure in review of cases is now back. Before, the mafia bypassed it to pull off its racket.
Under Memorandum Circular No. 7, Sec. Gonzalez is implementing the “bar code” system just like Malacañang. Without the bar code, a document from his office is considered unofficial and will not be released. The system was said to be Exconde’s brainchild.
Gonzalez returned to the department on November 16.
Supposedly, the mafia includes a Filipino-Chinese lawyer, whose clients are Chinese and South Koreans; a “Zambales-based fixer” passing himself off as an Immigration official; another fixer, a woman, known for “sneaking” cases into the department; and one from a political clan who, recently, was able to “fix” a big-time drug case.
By Jomar Canlas, Manila Times Reporter