PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has rejected the Department of Justice's (DOJ) controversial dismissal of complaints filed against suspected big-time drug personalities, Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa, and said he will invoke his "power of supervision and control" over the Justice department to order a review.
During a command conference with police and military officials, the President reportedly chastised Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for failure to hold Lim and Espinosa liable for their supposed links to the illegal drug trade in the country.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., in a series of posts on his Twitter account on Tuesday, March 13, said Duterte intends to wield his power of supervision over the DOJ and review the DOJ's junking of the drug charges against Lim and Espinosa. "Pag nakawala yan si Lim at Espinosa, sya (Aquirre) ang ipapalit ko. (If Lim and Espinosa get away with the charges, I will let Aquirre take their place," Duterte said, as quoted by Roque. "I will invoke my power of supervision and control (over the DOJ) and will review dismissal of cases against Lim and Espinosa."