MANILA - Controversial businessman and alleged big-time drug lord Peter Lim has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hold
a separate preliminary investigation for himself over the drug case against him, another alleged big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, and several others.
In a motion filed on Friday, Lim expressed concern “that his defenses and the obvious lack of evidence against him might not be given due attention in view of the number of respondents and transactions involved in this case.”
He stressed he intends to fully avail of his constitutional right to due process considering that the case involves a non-bailable offense.
The case involves the alleged distribution of at least 90 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (“shabu”) in Regions 7 and 8 by Espinosa’s group in 2013 and 2015. The complaint also alleged that four similar drug transactions and deliveries of unspecified volumes of “shabu” with Lim as supplier took place in 2014.
The earlier dismissal of the case was said to be the final straw that led to the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, but some quarters say Malacañang asked him to quit his post despite efforts to create a new panel to continue the probe into the complaint filed by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Apart from Lim, described in the complaint as the same drug lord known as ‘Jaguar,’ Espinosa, and Co, who is now serving time at the New Bilibid Prisons, the other respondents in the case are Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Impal, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, Jermy alias ‘Amang,’ alias ‘Ricky,’ alias ‘Warren,’ alias ‘Tupie,’ alias ‘Jojo,’ alias ‘Jaime,’ alias ‘Yawa,’ alias ‘Lapi,’ alias ‘Royroy,’ alias ‘Marlon,’ alias ‘Bay,’ and several unidentified others.
The case was dismissed via a 41-page resolution, signed by Assistant State Prosecutors Aristotle Reyes and Michael John Humarang, and approved by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rassendell Rex Gingoyon and Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan, Jr. because lone witness and respondent Adorco’s testimony against the other respondents was “unreliable” and “uncorroborated,” and no drug evidence was presented by the PNP.
Amid public outrage and President Rodrigo Duterte's displeasure over the ruling, Aguirre voided the dismissal.