Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

ANGERED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa holds a briefing at the PNP Highway Patrol Group headquarters. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

ANGERED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa holds a briefing at the PNP Highway Patrol Group headquarters.

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte won't just review the dismissal of drugs and conspiracy charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Epsinosa, but also the dismissal of other "high-profile" drugs charges by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

This was revealed by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa in a press conference on Monday, March 19.

He said this was disclosed to him by Duterte himself when they met during the Philippine Military Academy graduation on Sunday.

The President can invoke his "power of supervision and control" over the DOJ as it is under the executive branch of the government.

Dela Rosa said Duterte failed to mention which cases in particular he would review.

Why does this matter? This shows that the President's concern over and distrust of the DOJ goes beyond that of the Lim and Espinosa drugs and conspiracy charges.

The prosecution panel that dismissed the cases against Lim and Espinosa has been taken out of the case and put under the investigation of another DOJ panel.

One of the two prosecutors who formed the panel, Aristotle Reyes, was promoted by Duterte himself a month after preliminary investigation on Lim and Espinosa's case commenced. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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