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DOJ may review dismissal of drug charges vs Espinosa, et al. — Aguirre

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

File Photo: Kerwin Espinosa

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) can still revise its decision on the case against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and their other co-accused in connection with illegal drug trading.

In a statement, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) can file another motion.

He added that his office can also automatically review the case.

He admitted that the DOJ resolution can be considered as a setback on the war on drugs of the government, but noted that it could serve as a wakeup call to authorities to improve their manner of arrest and detention of suspects by presenting strong evidence against them.

It was on December 20, 2017, when the DOJ prosecution panel issued a decision on the complaint filed by the CIDG that favors the accused due to insufficient evidence.

According to the CIDG, it filed a motion before the DOJ on February 19, and they expected that Espinosa would not escape the law.

 “We believe our case has merit. We filed a  motion for reconsideration and now it is being looked into and we are still very positive that we will [win] over. We can file the case,” said CIDG Director PDir. Roel Obusan.

“We will use all our legal remedies to make them hold liable. So there’s already a motion in the prosecution,” said Philippine National Police chief  PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of Espinosa is confident that the other case filed against him will also be dismissed. It is an illegal drug case filed by Ozamiz City PCInsp. Jovie Espenido.

“We can actually sight the resolution of the panel of prosecutors on the case of CIDG as our evidence that we are presenting in the pending case before the RTC,” said Atty. Raymund Fortun, legal counsel of Espinosa.

Meanwhile, Espenido believes he has a strong case especially since Espinosa admitted his involvement in illegal drug trading during a Senate hearing. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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8 out of 10 Filipinos satisfied with Duterte’s drug war — SWS

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018



MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign remains popular among Filipinos according to the latest survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Sunday.

The anti-drug initiative received a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +65; a one-point increase from the +64 rating in March.

The survey, conducted on June 27 to 30 among  1,250 respondents, shows that 8 out of 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war.

The highest net satisfaction rating came from the Mindanao region with +84, while Visayas recorded the lowest with a +57 rating.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of respondents who are contented with the anti-drug war are also satisfied the performance of President Duterte.

Meanwhile, 3 out of 5 Filipinos believe that the arrest of loiterers on the streets violates human rights.

This is also based on the SWS survey released yesterday, September 23.

In June, Duterte ordered the police to strictly implement city ordinances against loiterers whom he considers potential threats to the public.

The survey also revealed that 68 percent of Filipinos worry that they or someone they know will get arrested for loitering in public places. — Asher Cadapan Jr.



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Gov’t offers P500K bounty on Peter Lim

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced Friday, September 14, that the government is offering a P500,000 reward to anyone who can give information on the exact whereabouts of Cebu businessman and alleged drug lord, Peter Lim, “provided that such information will lead to the actual arrest of said fugitive.”

In a statement, Guevarra also warned those who are coddling Lim of facing charges.

“They will be prosecuted for obstruction of justice and punished accordingly.”

Lim has been indicted for conspiring with self-confessed drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco and Ruel Malindagan, to commit illegal drug trading.

He was tagged as the supplier of shabu that the Espinosa Group sold in Regions 7 and 8 in 2013 and 2014. — Mai Bermudez

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OGCC submits probe results on Nayong Pilipino deal to Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo via Nayong Pilipino Official Facebook page

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that probe results on the questionable contracts entered into by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation have been forwarded to Malacañang.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) has submitted the report after concluding its investigation on the alleged anomaly that led to the firing of Nayong Pilipino officials.

An estimated amount of US$1.5-B worth of contract was allegedly signed between Nayong Pilipino and Landing Resorts and Development Corporation to build a mega-casino in Parañaque City.

Guevarra is leaving the decision to Malacañang on whether to disclose the probe results. — Mai Bermudez

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