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DU30 to review dismissal of case vs Espinosa et al

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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A FUMING President Duterte has decided to review all Department of Justice resolutions dismissing
major government cases specifically those involving violation of Republic Act 9165 or the
Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Philippine National Police chief, Director General
Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa told Camp Crame reporters yesterday. 

The PNP chief said that the President told him of his decision during their meeting
shortly after the Philippine Military Academy graduation rites in Fort del Pilar in Baguio City on
Sunday. 

“Yesterday, during the PMA graduation rites, President Duterte said he will use his power
to review DOJ resolutions lalo na yung mga dismissed drug cases,” the country’s top cop said.
    
“Duda siya kaya ire-review ang mga kaso,” the PNP chief added. It was Gen. dela Rosa who
revealed last week that President Duterte hurt one of his hands when he punched a wall in
Malacañang Palace after he learned of the DoJ decision dismissing the drug charges against Peter
Lim and 21 others.
    
The DOJ under the Duterte administration has dismissed two major drug cases: First was the
drug case filed by the defunct PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group against Marine Lieutenant Colonel
Ferdinand Marcelino and his Chinese companion Yan Yi Shou following their January 21, 2016 arrest
in a house in Sampaloc, Manila where over P380 million worth of shabu was confiscated.
    
The second involved suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa and 20 others. The
startling development was exposed by the Journal Group last week.
 
Gen. dela Rosa said they have also monitored reports that the DoJ is also set to
dismiss the drug charges filed against the suspects behind the secret operations of a mega shabu
lab discovered by the police in Virac, Catanduanes in May 2016.
    
The Police Regional Office 5 filed charges for violation of RA 9165 against prominent
personalities including then Bicol National Bureau of Investigation head lawyer Augusto Eric
Isidoro, Attorney Ulpiano Sarmiento, Raymond Lee, Jardin Brian B. Wong, a.k.a. Bobong Wong; Joseph
Al Randie B. Wong alias Tiptip Wong; Constantino Huit Cordial, Jr; Snooky Imperial; a certain Mr.
Lee; Allan Ang Hung; Xian Xian Wang; Pido Bonito; Noel Sampag alias Bert and Angelica Balmadrid
Isidoro, the common law wife of Isidoro.

Also charged as accessories of the accused were Paulo Uy, Jayson Gonzales Uy, Paolo Wee Palison,
Lorenzo Floree Pinera alian Kidot; Phung Yuan Estorco, Sheng Wang Tore; Ruel Samonte, Dennes
Samonte; John and Peter Does.
    
The PNP chief lamented that the PNP cannot succeed in leading the President’s war on drugs
without the cooperation of other agencies. “Dapat magtulong-tulong kami, buong gobyerno... hindi
maghahanapan ng butas para sa ikaka-dismiss ng kaso,” he said.
    
Gen. dela Rosa said he obviously has been frustrated by the DOJ decisions to dismiss the
drug charges against the so-called big fish. “We’re the ones building up the cases. Nagpapakamatay
mga pulis ko at  pinapasa namin sa kanila ang kaso, tapos idi-dismiss lang. Do you expect me to be
happy?” he said.
    
The official said that when he was still a provincial and city police chief, he had a good
rapport with local prosecutors when it comes to prosecuting crime offenders. “Yung mga piskal sa
probinsiya, maganda samahan naming. Pag mahina ang kaso naming eh sasabihan nila kami. Kaya sana
ipasa sa korte ng DOJ ang kaso. Let the court decide,” he said.
    
However, he said that in fairness to DoJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III, the latter has
the power to review resolution of cases being forwarded to his table.
    
“Ang sa amin lang eh dapat eh magtulungan kami because we work under one roof, under one
branch of government. Hindi ba dapat kami ang magtutulungan,” he said.