MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday presented its first witness in the criminal case against self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa and his alleged "shabu" suppliers Peter Lim, Peter Co, and Lovely Impal.
PO3 Normal Abellanosa of the police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 testified before the Makati City Regional Trial Court branch 65 that he investigated the alleged drug transactions between Espinosa, Lim, Co, and Impal.
He added that he also investigated the participation of Marcelo Adorco, who has admitted his involvement in the so-called "Espinosa group’s" illegal drug trade in regions 7 and 8.
Abellanosa, upon the direct examination of Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, testified that he took Adorco’s sworn statement in 2016 detailing the alleged shabu transactions.
Espinosa’s lawyer, Jesus Obejero, conducted Abellanosa’s cross-examination. The cross-examination will continue in the next hearing, on October 12th.
Navera and Assistant State Prosecutor Anna Noreen Devanadera are prosecuting the conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade case, which is being heard by RTC Judge Rommel Baybay.
Apart from Adorco, the other accused have denied participation in the alleged crime.
Espinosa argued during the case’s preliminary investigation before the DOJ that his admission during a Senate hearing of running an illegal drug group in the Visayas regions cannot be used as evidence against him.
Espinosa remains under the custody of the justice department’s Witness Protection Program in connection with its separate drug case against detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima.