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
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
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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