The junking of drug charges against self-confessed drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim is a “slight bump on the war against drugs,” Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Tuesday.
On Monday, the Department of Justice made public a document that showed that Espinosa, Lim and 20 others were cleared of drug cases due to “lack of evidence”.
This despite Espinosa’s statement in a Senate hearing that he was involved in the illegal drug trade in the Visayas.
Lim was a businessman who was included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist for allegedly masterminding the drug trade in Central Visayas.
“The dismissal is a slight bump on the our war against drugs, it is likewise a wake up to all concerned that our efforts, from apprehension to resolution to conviction must be concerted and thorough,” Aguirre said in a statement.
Aguirre said the case is expected to be reviewed either through a “a motion for reconsideration, or ultimately, by way of automatic review” of his office.
“Suffice it to say that the current status of the case against the respondents Peter Lim et al., does not mean that it is a final exoneration of their respective criminal liabilities,” he said.