Thursday July 19, 2018

Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa drug raps submitted for resolution

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted for resolution on Thursday, October 5, the drug-related complaints against alleged Visayas drug lords Peter Lim, Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa and others.

During Thursday's preliminary investigation, Lim and the cops from Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Central Visayas appeared before the DOJ investigating panel to file their respective memoranda.

The prosecutors terminated the preliminary investigation after four hearings into the complaints filed against Espinosa and Lim over conspiracy to sell illegal drugs, a violation under Section 26(b) in relation to Section 5 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Other respondents are Marcelo Adorco, a former aide of Espinosa; Max Miro, Lovely Impal, Ruel Malindangan and Jun Pepito.

In the complainant-affidavit filed by the CIDG, they said that the respondents conspired to sell illegal drugs in Central and Eastern Visayas particularly in provinces of Bohol, Samar, Northern and Southern Leyte, Biliran and Cebu.

The CIDG used as basis the affidavit of Adorco, a former aide of Espinosa. The affidavit was executed when he was arrested on July 8, 2016.

The CIDG said that Adorco's affidavit stated that Espinosa was able to transact 20 kilos of shabu from Co, a high-profile New Bilibid Prison detainee, and 20 kilos from Lim on February 16, 2013.

Four other similar transactions with Lim also happened in Makati in 2014 and 2015, said Adorco. He also transacted 50 kilos of shabu with Lim in Thailand.

In Lim's counter-affidavit, he denied the claims of Adorco and reiterated that he is not the "Pete Go Lim" being referred to as "Jaguar".

Lim said Adorco is not a credible witness and has only fabricated the allegations linking him to drug dealing.

He also added that he was at the hospital on the date Adorco said he transacted illegal drug with him in Thailand. (SunStar Philippines)