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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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7 drug suspects arrested in back-to-back buy-bust operations in Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The seven drug suspects who were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Pandacan, Manila

MANILA, Philippines — Only a few weeks since their last brush with authorities, two alleged drug pushers are back in jail after being arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Pandacan, Manila on Wednesday night.

Police have identified the prime suspects as Juan Miguel Bautista (alias Iggy) and his alleged accomplice, Joseph Malicsi (alias Opet).

Bautista was the first to fall in the entrapment that police set at the corner of Nagtahan Street and Jesus Street in Pandacan at 6pm, Wednesday night (December 12).

“Nakahalata siya na pulis ‘yung katransaksyon niya. Sumakay siya sa motor niya at pinaharurot niya ng takbo. So, itong mga back-up operatives natin, hinabol siya mula rito sa Pandacan,dumaan ng Sampaloc, hanggang makarating ng area ng Galas, Quezon City,” said PSInsp. Pidencio Saballo Jr., chief of MPD PS-10Station Drug Enforcement Team.

While fleeing on a motorcycle, Bautista lost his balance and fell to the ground, allowing the police to catch up and arrest him.

Bautista led authorities to his accomplice who was staying at a motel in España, Manila which the suspects used as a drug den.

A follow up operation was immediately conducted which resulted in the arrest of Malicsi and five others who were either runners or users of shabu.

Bautista and Malicsi admitted to selling drugs.

“Mayroon pa pong may source po eh. Hindi ako. Kung baga, may binibilhan rin po kami,” revealed Malicsi.

PSInsp. Saballo said the two prime suspects had been jailed before for drug charges but were able to post bail.

All seven suspects are now under the custody of the Manila Police District and will be charged for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace urges gov’t offices, SUCs to support ‘war on drugs’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has ordered government offices, agencies including government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges (SUCs) to actively participate in the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government.

As stated in Memorandum Circular No. 53 of the Malacañang, the said offices should utilize their assets to support the campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration based on their own mandate. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ to file raps vs Davidson Bangayan, et. al over rice price manipulation

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: David Bangayan

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the court to file charges against businessman Davidson Bangayan alias David Tan for manipulating the rice supply and its prices during the previous administration.

Based on the review of the resolution of Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Miguel Guido Jr, Bangayan may face charges for violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code or the monopoly on rice supply to increase its prices.

Several others may face charges including Elizabeth Faustino, couple David and Judilyne Lim, Eleanor Rodriguez and Leah Echevera.

Atty. Guido said that National Bureau of Investigation’s pieces of evidence is sufficient to prove that Bangayan and his confidants used the cooperative and organization of the farmers to acquire tons of imported rice and control its supply that resulted in rice price hike.

Bangayan became controversial and was summoned to a Senate meeting due to allegations that he is the big-time smuggler, David Tan.

The case of Bangayan was first dismissed in 2014, however, the new panel of DOJ resumed its study of the case under the Duterte administration. — UNTV News & Rescue

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