- Senator Ejercito said he is puzzled by the DOJ decision and this sends mixed signals to the public
- Senators Poe and Gordon both did not hide their disappointment
- Even Chief Inspector Espenido admitted he was dismayed
MANILA, Philippines – Some senators have expressed their disappointment at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to dismiss the illegal drugs charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, Peter Co and several others.
Senator JV Ejercito said he was ‘puzzled’ by the sudden turn of event; but still hope the DOJ would continue to gather “more concrete and competent evidence” to prove the accused’s alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade.
“At the very least, this decision sends mixed signals to the public in terms of our resolve to wage war against anyone dealing with illegal drugs, regardless of stature in life and the friends they have in high places,” Ejercito said in a statement on Monday.
Senator Grace Poe described the DOJ ruling as ‘perplexing’ and said she is disturbed by the DOJ’s basis on dismissing the charges when no less than Espinosa himself admitted before the Senate probe his involvement.
“How a self-confessed drug lord like Kerwin Espinosa can be exonerated by the State, is perplexing. It reflects the sloppiness of the police’s investigation and case build up against these drug lords,” Poe said.
Senator Richard Gordon, for his part, said it was indeed a terrible news and he and his colleagues were ‘downhearted’ by it.
“It’s terrible, it’s terrible. Lahat kami sa Senado downhearted dahil paano naman maabsuwelto ‘yan e inamin na nga e,” Gordon told DZMM in an interview. [We in the Senate are downhearted, how could he (Espinosa) be absolved when he has already confessed].
Even former Albuera, Leyte police chief C/ Insp. Jovie Espenido, could not hide his dismay. He noted that Kerwin Espinosa already admitted at the Senate and his admittance is recorded in a transcript.
Espenido added the PNP may have failed to submit the transcript as evidence and this ultimately led to the dismissal of the complaint.