DOJ junks drug complaints vs Peter Lim, others

Aguirre creates panel to resolve PNP motion for reconsideration on raps vs Lim, Espinosa, others

Aguirre creates panel to resolve PNP motion for reconsideration on raps vs Lim, Espinosa, others

The controversial resolution that may have cleared Lim and Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co and several others was signed by Assistant State Prosecutors Michael John Humarang and Aristotle Reyes.

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".

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.

He said one such transaction involved the delivery of 50 kilos of shabu (crystal meth) which Lim personally handed to Espinosa at the parking lot of Cash & Carry supermarket in Makati City on June 7, 2015.

Designated as the reviewing prosecutors were Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Ana Noreen Devanadera and Prosecuting lawyer Herbert Calvin Abugan, while Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon was designated as the Acting Prosecutor General.

"To our view, the above discrepancies in Adorco's affidavits have seriously impaired their probative value and have casted serious doubts on their credibility".

The prosecutors enumerated nine contradictions in Adorco's statements on the details of the supposed drug transactions. "Given that Adorco is not a credible witness - judging from the material inconsistencies and improbability of his allegations", it states.

The junking of drug charges against drug suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim is a "slight bump on the war against drugs", Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Tuesday.

Given the gap between Reyes' September appointment and his February oath taking, it was unclear if he had been aware of his impending promotion when he decided the drug case.

But Fuentes said they were able to prove that Lim was not in Thailand on June 4, 2015.

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".

"Investigation disclosed that the group of Espinosa also known as "Boss K" was a transporter, trader". They were also charged as the biggest drug supplier in the Eastern Visayas region.

Adorco claimed that Lim supplied narcotics in "staggering amounts" to Espinosa for more than two years.

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