By Jeffrey Damicog
Alleged drug lords Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa and Peter Go Lim along with five others face a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning their involvement in the illegal drug trade in Cebu City.
The National Bureau of Investigation-Task Force Anti-Illegal Drugs (NBI-TFAID) filed the complaint on Wednesday (Feb. 26) for the conduct of a preliminary investigation.
In its complaint, the NBI-TFAID recommended to Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento that the seven respondents be charged in court with violating Sections 3(O), 3(Q), 3(R), 3(JJ) and 26 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Aside from Espinosa and Lim, those who have been named as respondents in the case are convicted illegal drugs trader Wu Tuan Yuan, alias Peter Co; Lovely Adam Impal, Melvin Gerpacio, Ryan Diaz, and Reynaldo Diaz.
Among the respondents, Espinosa remains in the custody of the NBI, while Co and Impal are currently jailed at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City and the Iligan City Jail respectively.
The complaint was filed after the NBI-TFAID conducted an investigation into the extrajudicial confessions made by Espinosa, the son of slain Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.
“In 2008, Kerwin started his large scale shabu (crystal meth) trade in Cebu City inside the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center (BBRC) where he was detained pending the decision of his RA 9165 case,” the NBI said in its referral letter signed by former NBI Director Dante Gierran who just retired last Feb. 22.
The NBI said Kerwin revealed that at that time he was being supplied with methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, by slain supplier Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar, through Ryan Diaz and Reynaldo Diaz, Lim, Impal, and others.
“Kerwin used cellphones, electronic money transfer, and bank transactions in his drug trade and hired Melvin Gerfacio to distribute shabu and collect payments in Barangay Pasil, Barangay Ermita, Barangay Ponce, Barangay Villagonzalo, and Barangay Lorega-San Miguel, Cebu City,” the NBI said.