Selective drug war: Hilbay laments dismissal of drug raps vs. Peter Lim while De Lima remains in jail
Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay expressed dismay that Senator Leila De Lima got indicted for drug charges while alleged big-time drug lords including businessman Peter Lim got off the hook.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a resolution which dismissed the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against Lim and his co-respondents which include self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. and convicted drug lord Peter Co.
“The DOJ’s action simply highlights the political nature of this administration’s so-called War on Drugs,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 13).
“Friends, allies, useful witnesses are exonerated, while political dissents are incarcerated on bogus charges,” he lamented.
The former solicitor general pointed out “the dismissal of drug charges against these personalities should be taken in the context of the case of Sen. De Lima.”
Peter Lim was identified by the Pres himself as a drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa is a self confessed drug lord and Peter Co is a convicted drug lord.
“The DOJ was able to use basic requirements of corpus delicti and the need for credible witnesses in their case, matters that were conveniently dropped by the DOJ in Sen De Lima’s case,” he explained.
“The amendment of the charges, the use of disqualified witnesses, dispensing with the need for evidence–these are all signs of political persecution in the case of De Lima,” he stressed.