DU30 to review big drug cases; Don’t let them go scot free

Published March 15, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Fred M. Lobo
Fred M. Lobo

By Fred Lobo


President Duterte has warned against the possible mishandling of drug cases filed against big-time drug personalities.

Don’t let drug lords go scot free, he warned.


The President expressed dismay at the decision of Department of Justice (DOJ) public prosecutors junking the case against suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa despite his previous admission in a Senate inquiry.

“I will invoke my power of supervision and control and will review dismissal,” the President said.


Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte has threatened to penalize Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II if Espinosa and Peter Lim get away with their suspected drug cases.

“Pag-nakawala yan si Lim at Espinosa, sya ang ipapalit ko. I can review that dismissal order. Nag-amin na nga sa Congress! Why not admit it as evidence against him?“ the President said, as quoted by Roque.


Aguirre has ordered the creation of a “new investigation panel to review the case vs Lim and Espinosa.”

Better than “palit-ulo” which could prove bad for his wig.


The Philippine National Police (PNP) has asked the DOJ to reconsider the dismissal of the drug charges filed against alleged big-time drug suspects.

“Update from Joint Command Conference: PNP will move to reconsider dismissal of charges versus Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa,” Roque said.


Roque added that the drug cases involving drug suspects Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and other personalities were discussed by the President in a security meeting with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Interior and Local Government acting Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

Not just a petty issue but a major concern, the Punisher could have blurted.


A panel of DOJ prosecutors recently recommended the dismissal of the drug charges against suspected drug personalities for supposed lack of evidence, drawing the ire of Duterte and other sectors.

With legal basis or with legal tender?, many asked.


Meanwhile, China has urged the international community, particularly the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to “respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines’ fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased, and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions.”

Translation: Be in DU30’s shoes Think like Pinoys.


China noted the statement of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein that President Duterte needs “to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination” after the Philippine government included UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard on a list of 600 people they want classed as “terrorists”.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made “positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people’s livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people’s fundamental rights to security and development.”


“The achievements made by the Philippine government led by President Duterte on these fronts have won great approval and extensive support among the Philippine people,” the Chinese foreign ministry added in a statement.

Respect the Filipino or domestic viewpoint, it urged..