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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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DOJ on denying Lim’s plea to drop prelim probe : ‘We’re ready to defend our actions’

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is ready to defend before the Supreme Court its decision to deny the appeal of Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim to stop the new preliminary probe into the drug cases filed against him.

This, after Lim, asked the High Tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order against the ongoing DOJ re-investigation and to reinstate the first decision of prosecutors that cleared him of the drug charges.

Lim claims in his 47-page petition for certiorari that the DOJ violated his constitutional right to due process when it opened a fresh probe over public uproar on the dismissal of his case.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is confident the Supreme Court will affirm their decision. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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5 killed in separate buy-bust operations in 3 Bulacan towns

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

 

An overnight of separate drug buy- bust operations in three different towns Bulacan resulted in the death of five suspected drug pushers.

 

BULACAN, Philippines —  Two drug suspects were killed in a separate buy-bust operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pandi, Bulacan Tuesday night.

Allan Dexter dela Cruz was fatally shot after allegedly resisting arrest when he sensed he was transacting with a police officer at past 12 midnight.

The same case happened with another drug suspect identified only as alias “Larry” who was cornered by police in a remote and grassy area, still in the town of Pandi at dawn.

Seized from each suspect were .38 caliber pistol; about 10 sachets of shabu and P500 of buy-bust money.

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Two separate buy-bust operations in Balagtas, Bulacan also yielded two fatalities.

A drug suspect identified as alias Lito Onse was killed at Barangay Santol, while the other suspect remained unidentified as of press time.

Both were said to have resisted arrest after undercover police bought shabu at P500.

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Meanwhile, a tricycle driver was also shot dead in Barangay Kutkot, Pulilan, Bulacan at 12:30am.

Police said the driver quickly fled after sensing that he was selling drugs to a cop.

He allegedly exchanged fire with authorities before he was cornered and killed. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

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SolGen asks SC to extend deadline of documents on war on drugs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Bodies of two women believed to be victims of a drug-related killing, were found on a street in Manila.

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to extend its deadline for the submission of documents pertaining to the administration’s war on drugs.

As of this date, the OSG was able to submit a number of documents but only for several cases.

The SC directed the OSG to submit detailed reports on 3,800 cases of deaths in police operations recorded from July 1. 2016 to November 30, 2017 which are being attributed to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign. – UNTV News & Rescue

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