PHILIPPINE National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, Director Roel B. Obusan yesterday said confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa is not off the hook yet.
Obusan said they still have the goods on Espinosa despite the Department of Justice decision exonerating him. “This is but one of the many cases he is facing. This is not the end of it. We’re looking at a series of wrong acts here,’ he said.
SWIFT DISMISSAL QUESTIONED
Obusan questioned the swift dismissal of the drug trading charges against Espinosa. “Bakit swiftly ‘yung pagkadismiss ng lahat, ‘yung kay Kerwin Espinosa, hindi ba papasok? Eh samantalang si Kerwin Espinosa, bodyguard niya mismo nagsasalita na nag-uutos sa kanya, swiftly lahat lahat ay madi-dismiss? That’s impossible kasi you have to treat every act of the crime according to the person and to the transaction committed, it is individual and distinct from another, hindi dapat pagsama-samahin ng isa,” he explained.
Obusan said that their records will show that the DoJ resolution was issued last December 20 and that they received a copy of the document only on February 7 or 49 days later. He said that they submitted their motion for reconsideration to the DoJ last February 19.
He said it is up to the court to expound more on the issue of probable cause and hear the case through its merits. “I’m questioning the decision of the National Prosecution Service, it’s the reason why I filed a motion for reconsideration,” he said while adding that the credibility of a witness should always be judged.
“What is important in the statement of witnesses is credibility. If you keep changing statements, what’s the use,” he said.
As of press time, the CIDG is yet to receive an official reply from Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III regarding their motion for reconsideration.