By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to conduct a reinvestigation over the dismissed drug complaint against businessman and suspected drug lord Peter Lim and his co-respondents.
“I ordered the creation of a new panel that will handle the review of the DOJ’s resolution on Peter Lim’s case,” said Aguirre.
Aguirre made the move after a DOJ panel of prosecutors had issued a resolution dated December 20, 2017 which dismissed the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Major Crimes Investigation Unit (PNP-CIDG-MCIU) against Lim and his co-respondents for allegedly violating Section 26(b) in relation to Section 5 (Sale, Trading, Administration, Dispensation, Delivery, Distribution and Transportation of Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals) of Republic Act 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Apart from Lim, those who have been named as respondents in the complaint are self-confessed drug lord Rolan (Kerwin) Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, arrested drug supplier Lovely Impal, arrested drug dealer Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, and several others who are only known through the aliases Amang, Ricky, Warren, Tupie, Jojo, Jaime, Yawa, Lapi, Royroy, Marlon, and Bay.
The DOJ resolution was signed by Assistant State Prosecutors Michael John Humarang and Aristotle Reyes with the approving signatures of acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. and Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rassendell Rex Gingoyon.
The PNP has already has already filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) before the DOJ to appeal for the reversal of the dismissed complaint.
“The (new) panel will handle the MR filed by PNP. Pati acting PG (Catalan) will not participate,” Aguirre said.
The secretary has already issued Department Order (DO) No. 151 which named the new panel which will act on the MR of the PNP and they are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Ana Noreen Devanadera and Prosecution Attorney Herbert Calvin Abugan.
The order also appointed Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon as acting Prosecutor General.
“The Panel of Prosecutors and the acting Prosecutor General shall resolve the Motion for Reconsideration under existing laws, rules and regulations,” said Aguirre in his DO.
Meanwhile, the secretary also instructed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the panel of investigators which dismissed the PNP complaint.
In his DO No. 152, Aguirre told the NBI that it is “directed and granted authority to conduct investigation and case build-up to determine possible misfeasance, malfeasance or non-feasance or other violations of law by members of the panel of the National Prosecution Service over the dismissal of the case entitled: ‘PNP-CIDG-MCIU vs. Peter Lim @ Jaguar, Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co, Lovely Impal, Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Ruel Malindagan, Jun Pepito and several John Does’, and if evidence so warrants, to file appropriate charges thereon.
Aguirre directed NBI Director Danter Gierran to “submit a report to the office of the Secretary of Justice on its current activities related to the implementation of this Order.”