2 of Lim, Espinosa co-accused in drug charges already dead

MANILA, Philippines – Two drug suspects accused with Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa of drug and conspiracy charges are already dead.

Max Miro and Nelson "Jun" Pepito have been killed, Albuera police chief Senior Inspector Ronald Espina told Rappler in a phone interview.

Espina said Pepito was killed by unidentified riding-in-tandem suspects on December 1, 2017 in Albuera, Leyte, while Max Miro was killed during the serving of an arrest warrant on March 10, 2018 in Ormoc City. Miro allegedly fought back, forcing police to retaliate.

Pepito and Miro were the subjects of subpoenas issued by a new prosecution panel of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The new panel will conduct fresh investigations into the drug trade charges against Espinosa and Lim.

They had been summoned to appear at the DOJ in Manila on April 12. – with a report from Lian Buan / 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.