FILE PHOTO: Kerwin Espinosa
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the filing of drug charges against self-confessed drug supplier Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Wu Tuan Yan a.k.a Peter Co and four others
In its resolution issued Thursday (July 19), the DOJ panel of prosecutors “found sufficient the positive allegations” against Kerwin and his cohorts for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade.
This reversed the panel’s decision in 2017 dismissing the case due to the insufficiency of evidence.
Other respondents to the case are Marcelo Adorco, Lovely Impal and Ruel Malindagan.
Espinosa, Co and other respondents will be charged before the Regional Trial Court of Makati City, the resolution stated.
Meanwhile, respondent Peter Lim’s case is pending resolution after the panel granted a separate preliminary investigation. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo
Gov’t offers P500K bounty on Peter Lim
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
Sister Fox to appeal deportation case before DOJ
Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox
Australian nun Patricia Fox will file an appeal before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse the deportation order of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against her.
Fox has been accused of participating in political rallies which is prohibited under the Philippine law.
On August 23 the BI denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Fox and upheld its earlier ruling.
In the 3-page decision, BI insisted that the deportation of Fox is an administrative proceeding and that the nun has not presented any new argument in her motion.
Fox’s camp is set to take her case to the DOJ on Monday.
Her lawyers on August 20 requested the Bureau of Immigration to extend her missionary visa which is set to expire on September 5.
Fox’s camp said they are prepared to go to the Supreme Court in case their appeal is denied anew.
Her lawyers warned that Fox’s case should not be ignored as it could set a precedent that could threaten other individuals who wish to carry out missionary work in the Philippines.
Court grants Kerwin’s motion to remain in NBI custody
Self-confessed drug dealer, Kerwin Espinosa
The Manila Regional Trial Court has granted the request of self-confessed drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa, to remain under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Judge Silvino Pampilo of Manila RTC Branch 26 sided with Espinosa’s motion because of the risks to the latter’s security if he is transferred to the city jails of Manila or Makati.
Pampilo said the prosecutors did not oppose Espinosa’s request.
Last Tuesday, Makati RTC ordered the arrest of Espinosa after the Department of Justice filed charges against him of conspiring to engage in illegal drug trade with convicted drug lord Peter Co.