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Robredo finds dismissal of raps vs. Kerwin Espinosa scary: Can DOJ be trusted?

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Vice President Leni Robredo is bothered by state prosecutors’ dismissal of drug trading charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Robredo, an abogado, noted that the Department of Justice presented Espinosa as a witness to pin Senator Leila de Lima down for drug-related charges.

“Na-dismiss iyong kaso, walang sufficient evidence na siya ay involved sa drugs, pero siya na nga mismo ang nagsabi noon na oo. Anong gustong sabihin noon?” she told reporters at the sidelines of an event in Makati City Tuesday (March 13).

Robredo expressed concern over the DOJ’s basis for clearing Espinosa in the case.

“Kung iyong DOJ pumipili, pumipili ng isasampa na kaso o hindi, hindi base sa ebidensya kundi sa sariling paniniwala, nakakatakot ito,” she said.

Robredo added that dismissing charges against Espinosa, Cebuano businessman Peter Lim and drug lord Peter Co raises questions about whether the DOJ can be trusted.

“Kung ganito iyong desisyon nila, magtatanong tayo kung kailangan pa bang tiwalaan iyong opisina,” she 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 the respondents in the case concerning the drug transactions which supposedly took place between February 2013 to August 2015.