DOJ affirms order to reinvestigate drug raps vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

admin   •   April 27, 2018   •   3048

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The DOJ affirmed its order to reinvestigate the drug raps filed against businessman Peter Lim and self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

In a resolution issued today, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra denied Lim’s motion for reconsideration challenging the creation of a second panel of prosecutors to conduct reinvestigation of the drug trafficking case.

The resolution stated that Lim “failed to show any violation of due procesa rights, much less his right to a speedy disposition of his case.”

Lim assailed the order issued on March 19, 2018 by then Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre claiming it did not expressly state the grounds for vacating the previous resolution of the panel of prosecutors.

The first DOJ panel dismissed the case for lack of probable cause.

But Guevarra said setting aside the order will deny the PNP-CIDG its right to submit additional evidence and may result in a serious miscarriage of justice.

Reinvestigation of the case resumes on Monday, April 30, and the PNP-CIDG is expected to submit additional evidence against Lim and Espinosa. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

Drug suspects na nasawi sa police ops sa Taguig, asset umano ng NBI

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inaalam na ng Taguig City Police kung totoo ngang asset ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) ang dalawang drug suspect na nasawi sa operasyon ng pulisya noong buwan ng Mayo.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan sa Ito Ang Balita, sinabi ni Taguig City Police chief Colonel Celso Rodriguez, may nakuha silang identification card at dokumentong nagsasabing kunektado sa NBI ang drug suspects na sina Ryan Labandaria at Ervyn Querubin.

Ang dalawa ay nasawi sa operasyon ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) sa Lower Bicutan noong Mayo 23.

Nakuha sa mga ito ang 12 kilo ng hinihinalang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P81.6 milyon.

Ayon kay Rodriguez, iniimbestigahan na nila ang authenticity ng nakuhang NBI certification mula sa napatay na drug suspects.

“Bina-validate pa namin kung totoo o peke yan, papel lang ho yun na nakalagay na asset po sila ng NBI,” ayon sa opisyal.

Una nang sinabi ni Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido na mga tauhan ni self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa sina Labandaria.

Taga-Leyte umano si Labandaria at dinala ni Espinosa sa Luzon upang magsilbing drug courier.

Si Espinosa ay sinasabing nag-ooperate ng illegal drug trade mula sa Albuera, Leyte kung saan alkalde noon ang kanyang ama na si Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Nasawi si Espinosa Sr. sa isang raid sa kanyang bahay na pinangunahan noon ni Espenido.

Ayon naman sa isang source ng UNTV News, nakikita umanong dumadalaw sina Labandaria at Querubin kay Espinosa sa NBI.

Si Espinosa pa umano ang humingi ng certification sa NBI para sa dalawa bilang kanyang utusan upang malaya pa rin itong makagalaw kahit may umiiral na community quarantine.

Wala pang tugon ang NBI sa hiling na panayam ng UNTV upang linawin ang isyu.

Sa panig naman ng Malakanyang, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na alam ng Department of the Interior and Local Government at Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency ang patuloy na operasyon ni Espinosa kahit nasa kustodiya ito ng NBI.

Pagtitiyak ni Roque, patuloy na itong iniimbestigahan ng mga otoridad at hindi lamang ipinaalalam sa publiko dahil maselan ang operasyon ukol rito.

“Kinumpirma po namin kay (DILG) Sec. (Eduardo) Año, itong bagay na ito ay alam at iniimbestigahan ng mga otoridad, lalong lalo na po ng DILG at PDEA. Pero hindi po natin pupwedeng maisapubliko kung ano mang hakbang na ginagawa nila. It is confidential information,” ani Roque.

 “Pero hindi po bulag at hindi bingi ang ating mga alagad ng batas,” dagdag pa niya.

Si Espinosa ay nahuli dahil sa pagkakasangkot niya sa narcotics trade.

Ngunit isinailalim ito sa Witness Protection Program dahil sa mga impormasyon hinggil sa umano’y pagkakasangkot ni dating Justice Secretary at ngayon ay Senador Leila de Lima sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga sa loob ng New Bilibid Prison. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Self-confessed drug Lord Kerwin Espinosa, tuloy pa rin ang illegal drug trade kahit nakakulong – Espenido

Robie de Guzman   •   June 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa rin umano tumitigil sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga ang self-confessed drug lord na si Kerwin Espinosa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan sa UNTV Ito Ang Balita ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido na tuloy pa rin si Espinosa sa pagbebenta ng iligal na droga kahit naka-detine ito sa pasilidad ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Katunayan aniya nito ay ang pagkakapaslang sa ilan nitong tauhan, kabilang na ang isang nagngangalang Ryan Labandaria, sa isang operasyon ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) sa Lower Bicutan, Taguig City noong May 23.

Nakumpiska sa naturang operasyon ang nasa 12 kilo ng hinihinalang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P81.6 milyon.

Sinabi rin ni Espenido na mga tauhan rin ni Espinosa ang dalawang magkapatid na sina Angelica at Maria Lyn Tulio na nahuli sa sinalakay na warehouse sa Marilao, Bulacan noong nakaraang linggo kasama ang isang Chinese national na nakilalang si Yuwen Cai.

Nakuha sa mga ito ang nasa 827 kilo ng hinihinilang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P5.1 bilyon.

Inihayag rin ni Espenido na isa rin sa mga drug courier ni Espinosa si Danny Apiga na pinaslang sa Macapagal Boulevard kamakailan kasama ang isang Chinese national na si Jin Long Cai, na anak naman umano ng Chinese drug suspect na nahuli sa Bulacan.

“Mga tauhan lahat ni mayor, yung Ryan galing yan sa Albuera. Courier yan courier, mga kinuha yan,” ani Espenido.

Ayon naman sa hepe ng PDEG na si Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, patuloy pa nilang sinusuri ang natanggap nilang impormasyon ukol kay Espinosa.

“Meron kaming unvalidated info pero vini-verify pa namin to be sure,” ani Caramat.

Naniniwala si Espenido na hindi naging hadlang kay Espinosa ang pagkakadetine nito dahil mas lumawak pa ang drug operation nito.

“Powerful na eh, mas grabe ka-powerful s’ya kung i-compare mo noong una. Mas powerful s’ya ngayon kasi, yung nga, naka-detain na nakalaro pa,” ayon sa opisyal.

“Actually Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Pasay at saka Taguig ang area nila. Actually ang mga tao dito sa Albuera, lahat dinala ni Kerwin doon sa Luzon,” dagdag pa niya.

Si Espenido ang nanguna sa mga raid na inilunsad ng pulisya sa mga bahay ng mag-amang Espinosa noong 2016 noong siya pa ang hepe ng Albuera Police sa Leyte.

Nasawi sa operasyon ang ama ni Kerwin na si Rolando Espinosa Senior na alkalde noon ng bayan ng Albuera. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

DOJ orders NBI to probe slay of suspended BuCor exec

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the killing of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal division chief Atty. Frederic Anthony Santos.

In a directive issued on Wednesday, February 19, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered and granted authority to NBI director Dante Gierran to conduct an investigation and case build-up against those behind the murder.

Santos was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen while waiting to pick up his child in front of a school in Muntinlupa City, just a few meters away from the gate of the New Bilibid Prison.

He died instantly after sustaining gunshot wounds to head, neck and left arm based on an autopsy conducted by authorities.

Guevarra also ordered the NBI to file appropriate charges against persons found responsible for the crime if evidence warrants.

He also directed Gierran to submit to his office reports on the progress of the subject investigation and case build-up within 30 days.

In a separate statement, the DOJ chief said that Santos’ fatal shooting is still under investigation but is “very likely” connected to the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) issue.

Santos was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman last September 2019 in relation to the alleged misapplication of the GCTA law and other time credits to prisoners.

He was supposed to return to work in March after serving six months of suspension.

Santos was among the resource persons in a Senate Investigation into the GCTA mess.

Irregularities in the GCTA law application grabbed headlines following reports on the possible early release of former mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for the rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta and her companion, Allan Sanchez in 1993 after his sentence of 7-term Reclusion Perpetua was shortened.

The issue led to the revelations of the release of some heinous crime convicts and the anomalies in the BuCor. It also led to the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon as BuCor chief, and President Duterte to set a deadline for the surrender of nearly 2,000 GCTA-freed convicts or be hunted down by police.

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