MANILA - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday ordered the creation of a new panel to review the agency's resolution to drop drug charges against alleged drug lord Peter Lim.
In a text message, Aguirre said the panel will handle the motion for reconsideration filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
"I ordered the creation of a new panel that will handle the review of the DOJ's reso on Peter Lim's case. The panel will handle the MR filed by PNP. Pati Acting PG (note: Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan, Jr) will not participate. I already have names who will compose the panel," he said.
According to a Dec. 20, 2017 resolution approved by acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. and made public only on Monday, the DOJ cleared Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and 20 others of drug charges due to lack of evidence.
Other drug suspects who were cleared include Peter Co, Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Impal, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, Jermy Amang, and several others identified only by their aliases.
Aguirre earlier said the decision can still be reviewed either through "a motion for reconsideration, or ultimately, by way of automatic review" of his office.
--Report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News