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Palace assures Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa ain’t cleared of drug raps for good: Pwede uli magka-kaso!

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Malacañang assured the public Tuesday (March 13) that the fight isn’t over yet to indict Cebuano businessman Peter Lim and drug lord Kerwin Espinosa for illegal drugs despite the dismissal of charges against them.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the state prosecutors’ decision to drop the drug trading charges against Lim and Espinosa is still subject to review by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

“We understand the sentiments and the frustration of the public over the dismissal, but stress that the police can re-file the case, can introduce additional evidence, 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,” he said at a press briefing.

Roque denied that the Philippine National Police filed a weak case on purpose to allow Lim and Espinosa to be cleared of the charges.

He said the Office of the President “will take a very interested position” in the case and monitor the police’s actions.

“As I said, 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,” Roque said.

In a 41-page resolution dated December 20, 2017 and approved by Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan, state prosecutors said the “uncorroborated statements” by witness Marcelo Adorco, cannot be considered as admissible evidence against the respondents because he is an “evidently self-serving witness.”

The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group presented Adorco as a witness against Lim, Espinosa and convicted drug lord Peter Co in the case concerning the drug transactions which supposedly took place between February 2013 to August 2015.

While Roque has yet to read the decision clearing Lim, Espinosa and Co, he said there will be no let up in President Rodrigo Duterte’s resolve to bring them to justice.

“Ang pangako po ng ating Presidente, eh kung kulang ang ebidensiya, dadagdagan; at kung mayroong kababalaghan, parurusahan naman ang mga responsable,” he said.