Duterte demands review of dropped cases against drug kingpins

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

In a statement, Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao said the DOJ panel's dropping of drug trafficking charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Peter Co and self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa "only exposed the fake and class nature of the Duterte government's war on drugs where the poor is summarily executed while the rich is given due process and acquitted".

Others who were cleared from the drug charge are convicted drug lord Peter Co, alleged drug supplier Lovely Impal, drug dealer Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Ruel Malindangan, and Jun Pepito.

Section 26 (b) is an attempt or conspiracy for the sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of any risky drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical.

In the same order, Aguirre designated Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon to serve as acting prosecutor general for this case.

In his testimony, Adorco claimed Lim had supplied narcotics in "staggering amounts" to suspected drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa for more than two years.

The prosecutors enumerated nine contradictions in Adorco's statements on the details of the supposed drug transactions.

Jaguar, Central Visayas' top drug personality, was gunned down by police in Las Piñas City on June 17, 2016, two weeks before President Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post. Supposedly members of the Chinese triad, Co was operating in Metro Manila and Luzon, while Lim in the Visayas.

Espinosa told Senate hearings he gave millions of pesos in drug money to police officers, generals, and other government officials, including then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, in exchange for the protection of his illegal drug trade business.

Also in the resolution, the prosecution level ruled that "pursuant to Department Order No. 004, dated January 4, 2017, let the entire records of this case be elevated to the Secretary of Justice for Automatic Review".

The Philippine National Police, in a motion for reconsideration filed on February 22, had asked the DOJ to reverse the dismissal of charges against Lim, Espinosa, and several others.

In its July 2017 complaint, the CIDG said Lim, along with his co-accused Co, who is now detained in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on drug trafficking charges and Lovely Impal as among those who supplied illegal drugs to Espinosa's operation.

This is a claim De Lima has repeatedly denied.

Impal, whom the police calls a "drug queen", surrendered to authorities in December 2016.

Espinosa (left) is presented to the media by Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, right, upon arrival from Abu Dhabi in 2016.

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