Monday July 23, 2018

Peter Lim's co-accused still a no show at DOJ hearing

THE co-respondents of Peter Lim and Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa in the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) skipped anew the preliminary probe of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday.

Those who were issued subpoena to appear at the DOJ hearing were Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Impal, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, and those with aliases "Yawa" "Jermy", "Ricky", "Warren", "Tupie", "Jojo", "Jaime", "Lapie", "Royroy", "Marlon", "Bay", "John Doe", "Peter Doe", "Robert Doe". All respondents skipped the hearing last August 14.

Assistant State Prosecutors Aristotle Reyes said Manuel Adorco, the alleged confidant of Espinosa, will attend the preliminary hearing scheduled on August 24. Adorco is also required to appear to reaffirm his affidavit that implicated all the respondents, he added.

Reyes said Lim was not required to attend the hearing for the complaint for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading in connection in Espinosa's alleged drug trading in the Visayas as he his lawyer received the complaints on his behalf last August 14.

Espinosa attended the start of the probe, while co-respondent Chinese drug lord Peter Co who is detained at the New Bilibid Prison was represented by Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Roberto Rabo.

Reyes has directed the PNP-CIDG to serve the subpoena anew to respondents who snubbed the DOJ summon.

Police Superintendent Richard Verceles, PNP-CIDG Major Crimes Detection Unit chief, informed the National Prosecution Service that among the respondents who were only identified by their aliases, they were only able to identify the real name of alias Yawa.

He said Yawa, whose real name is Rowen Reyes Secretaria, was killed in a buy bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Bohol last May 28, 2017.

Verceles also informed the prosecutor that respondents Max Miro and Jerry alias Amang were no longer residing at their given addresses.

Verceles has been ordered to serve another subpoena to respondent Lovely Impal, after he informed the prosecutor that she is now detained at Bureau of Jail and Management in Ilagan.

Reyes said all respondents are required personally to appear in the next hearing set on August 24.

All 22 respondents are facing complaints for violation of the Section 26 (b) in relation to Section 5 Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Complaint PNP-CIDG said respondents conspired to sell illegal drugs in the Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas. (SunStar Philippines)