Malacañang on dismissed complaint vs. Espinosa and Lim: "DI PA TAPOS ANG BOKSING"

Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa (CTTO)

Fresh News: On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said at a press briefing that Kerwin Espinosa, self-admitted drug distributor and businessman Peter Lim are not yet free and clear, notwithstanding the decision of Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to expel the criminal grievance against them for lack of evidence.

Spox Roque said the DOJ's decision clearing Lim Espinosa and a few others of the charge of scheme to confer illicit drug trading is still subject for reassessment by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

The spokesperson additionally said that on the off chance that upon review and the DOJ discovers motivations to switch the case dismissal, it will be conversed and in the event that there will be a need to place further evidences, they will definitely incite police authorities to do as such.

Spox then pointed out that they will not let offenders escape if there is really enough evidence.

Spox Harry Roque (CTTO)

"If upon review, the DOJ finds reasons to reverse the dismissal, then it will be reversed. If however it is necessary to file additional evidence, we will prompt police authorities to do so. We will not allow a big fish to go away if there’s evidence to go after him," Spox Roque said.

It can be recalled that the complaint for both men covered drug transactions and exchanges from February 2013 to August 2015 including no less than 90 kilos of shabu sourced from Lim and convicted drug lord Peter Co, conveyed at a market in Makati City, and dispersed by Espinosa's men in Bohol, Samar, Northern and Southern Leyte, Biliran and a few sections of Cebu.

Peter Lim (CTTO)

It has also been said that in particular there were 20 kilos of shabu that were sourced from Co on February 5, 2013; 20 kilos from Lim on February 16, 2013; and 50 kilos from Lim on June 7, 2015.

The said complaint nonetheless inclined toward the declaration of Espinosa's helper, Marcelo Adorco, however the DOJ said his "uncorroborated statements" couldn't be utilized as confirmation against the respondents.

Kerwin Espinosa (CTTO)

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Aguirre has said the rejection of the protest recorded by the Philippine National Police was a "slight bump" on the war on drugs and a wake up to all concerned that the government's endeavors, from apprehension to resolution to conviction must be concerted and thorough.

Spox Harry Roque then said that they comprehend the backfire caused by the dismissal, even as he guaranteed that the police can re-file the case and present extra proof which may incorporate Espinosa's confirmation before a Senate request in November 2016 that he was in fact engaged with the drug exchange.

He also said that they need to be careful until the proof would be finished to maintain a conviction, when documented and filed on the court.

"But we need to be very careful that at this stage, that the evidence would be complete to sustain a conviction when filed before the courts," Spox Roque said.

The Malacañang Spox additionally pronounced that the palace will "closely monitor" how the police will deal with the case and guaranteed that the President is serious to wipe out illegal drugs, denoted that the fight is not yet over and assured that whoever is guilty will be punished.

President Rodrigo Duterte (CTTO)

"Siguro naman po walang kaduda-duda na seryoso ang ating Presidente dito sa giyera laban sa droga, at itong kaso pong ito, ang dismissal uulitin ko po, hindi pa po tapos ang boksing," the Spokesperson said.

"Ang pangako po ng ating Presidente, eh kung kulang ang ebidensiya, dadagdagan; at kung mayroong kababalaghan, parurusahan naman ang mga responsable," Spox Roque uttered.


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