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Bato to appeal dismissal of drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa: PNP to get more witnesses

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed an appeal on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision clearing Roland ‘Kerwin’ Espinosa Jr., Peter Co and Peter Lim of drug charges.

“It’s on appeal. Nag-file tayo ng motion for reconsideration sa pag-junk nila sa kaso ni Peter Lim at Kerwin Espinosa (We filed a motion for reconsideration on the junking of the charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Esponosa. We will use all our legal remedies na mapapanagot natin sila so naka-MR yan sa prosecution,” PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said in a press briefing.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, meanwhile, said concerned officials of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have met with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II regarding the automatic review of the case.

“Immediately nakipag-usap sila, yung director ng CIDG kay (SOJ Aguirre) para magkaroon ng automatic review dun sa kaso na yun at ito namang ating mga investigations at saka legal teams ng PNP ay mag-identify ng mgaadditional witnesses and are gathering pieces of evidence para mai-file yung, ma-refile yung kaso ,” Bulalacao told reporters Tuesday.

“This is just a temporary setback which saddened us but just the same, we will pursue this case because we know that this is a major campaign of the government. These people are primary players and high value targets on illegal drugs so we have to find a way to resolve this case, as much as possible, to convict them,” he added.

Kerwin, son of slain Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr., was the alleged source of drug trade in the Eastern Visayas. He was arrested by the police in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Filipinos working in Abu Dhabi saw and reported his presence.

The PNP earlier said drug lord Peter Co, who is detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) was the source of Espinosa’s drug supply.