No white flag: Ping sees reversal of acquittal of Lim, Co, Espinosa in drug charges
The dismissal of drug-related charges against suspected drug personalities including alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa is not yet final, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday.
Lacson, in a text message to Senate media, said the Department of Justice resolution is still up for review by DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
“While the panel of prosecutors has dismissed the case for lack of probable cause, it is still subject to a review by the Secretary of Justice. Hence, the same may still be reversed,” he said.
He added the Senate investigations that looked into Espinosa’s alleged involvement in the drug trade indicated there should be probable cause.
“Anyway, based on the evidence unearthed and presented during the Senate hearings that we conducted, at least in the case of Kerwin Espinosa, I would like to think that probable cause would have been clearly established,” he said.
Espinosa’s father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, was gunned down in an anti-drug operation by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8.
A Senate probe chaired by Lacson found evidence indicating the operation where Mayor Espinosa was killed had been “premeditated.”
The Senate committee recommended charges against those involved, including members of the CIDG-8 team led by Superintendent Marvin Marcos.