MANILA - Big time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Co on Thursday filed their counter-affidavits during the Department of Justice's (DOJ) preliminary probe into a drug complaint filed against them.
Espinosa and Co are charged with the distribution of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” in Regions 7 and 8.
Both were wearing bullet proof vests and with security escorts: Kerwin was escorted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which has custody over the Witness Protection Program (WPP) beneficiary, and Co was escorted by Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) escorts.
Espinosa had previously publicly admitted being a major “shabu” distributor in Visayas, while Co is a convicted drug distributor serving time at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
The case, handled by Assistant State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes and Michael John Humarang, was filed by the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and covers alleged
transactions from February 8, 2013 to August 2015.
Espinosa and Co submitted and personally reaffirmed their respective counter-affidavits.
Respondent Peter Go Lim, aka “Jaguar,” meanwhile submitted his counter-affidavit hours later, after missing the hearing. He was given until the end of office hours to show up.
Lim, an alleged drug lord, named in public by no less than
President Duterte, insisted in his counter-affidavit that he is not involved in any way in the sale, distribution, and transportation of illegal drugs.
Charged along Lim, Espinosa, and Co in the complaint are the following:
-Marcelo L. Adorco, Espinosa’s reported “close confidant”
-Lovely Impal, one of Espinosa’s alleged “shabu” suppliers and a
“known protege of Peter Co”
-Jermy aka “Amang”
-"John Doe” (alleged deliveryman of Co)
-“Peter Doe” (alleged deliveryman of Lim)
-“Robert Doe” (alleged deliveryman of Lim)
Adorco was tapped by the CIDG as one of its witness; he reaffirmed his affidavit during Thursday’s hearing.
The next hearing is set on September 6 for the submission of Impal’s counter-affidavit. Impal is currently detained at the Iligan City Jail for a separate criminal case filed before the trial court there.