MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Tuesday, March 20, that he issued an order the previous day "vacating the dismissal" of charges against alleged drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim.
"So much so that there is no dismissal anymore," Aguirre told reporters in a press briefing held inside Malacañang.
"The case is now wide open," he said, adding that all parties are now free to submit or present their evidence.
The investigation will be handled by a new prosecution panel composed of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Ana Noreen Devanadera, and Prosecution Attorney Herbert Calvin Abugan.
Aguirre said President Rodrigo Duterte told him that "although there are rules, you should look at the pulse of the people."
Due to this order, Aguirre said the motion for reconsideration filed by the police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is now considered moot because of a new investigation that will take place.
LOOK: Aguirre’s order to vacate the earlier dismissa of charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa and to remand investigation to a new panel @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/OVh4qWkG3Z — Lian Buan (@lianbuan) March 21, 2018