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Di pa final: Aguirre says Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa ain’t off the hook yet on drug raps

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he shouldn’t be blamed over the dismissal of the drug complaint against wealthy businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim.

“Procedurally, my office has no hand nor say on the resolution of this case,” he explained.

A panel of prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a resolution which dismissed the drug complaint filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against Lim and his co-respondents which include self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr.

The complaint is based on the sworn statement of one of their co-respondents, arrested drug dealer Marcelo Adorco, who claims being an associate of Espinosa.

However, the panel cited the glaring inconsistencies of Adorco’s testimonies and ruled that “the uncorroborated statements of Adorco, which are the only evidence against the respondents, have no probative value and are inadmissible in evidence against them.”

“Suffice it to say that the current status of the case against the respondents Peter Lim et al., does not mean that it is a final exoneration of their respective criminal liabilities,” Aguirre assured.

“Under our present procedure in the DOJ, there are possible avenues to review this case, either by a motion for reconsideration, or ultimately, by way of automatic review by my office,” he noted.