- President Duterte was ‘angered’ by DOJ’s dismissal of charges vs Lim, Espinosa et al
- He also threatened to send Justice Secretary Aguirre to jail
- The President will be personally reviewing the dismissal order
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was reportedly ‘angered’ by the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the illegal drugs trafficking charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and several other suspected drug lords.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Duterte did not hide his frustration with the DOJ ruling and vowed to invoke his power of supervision over the Justice department.
The President is also contemplating on personally reviewing the controversial decision himself.
“I will invoke my power of supervision and control and will review dismissal,” Duterte supposedly said during the Wednesday command conference with the police and the military, as quoted by Roque.
Moreover, out of frustration, Roque said, the President also threatened to send Aguirre to jail because of the blunder.
“‘Pag nakawala ‘yan si Lim at Espinosa, siya ang ipapalit ko. I can review that dismissal order. Nag-amin na nga sa Congress! Why not admit it as evidence against him?” were supposedly Duterte’s words, said Roque.
[If Lim and Espinosa are freed, I’ll send him to jail in their place. I can review that dismissal order. He (Espinosa) already admitted at the Congress. Why not admit it as evidence against him.]
Roque added the Aguirre has since ordered the creation of a “new investigation panel to review case vs Lim and Espinosa,” following Duterte’s directive.
Aside from Lim and Espinosa, charges against Peter Co, Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Impal, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, Jermy Amang and several other unnamed individuals were also dropped due to lack of “concrete and competent evidence”.