CONSPIRACY | DOJ indicts Peter Lim for drug trade conspiracy with Kerwin Espinosa

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AUGUST 10, 2018 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict Cebu businessman Peter Lim for conspiracy with self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and several others to commit illegal drug trading.

DOJ has found basis in Espinosa’s statements in the Senate hearing where he identified Lim as one of his drug suppliers.

“The panel find that the admission of respondent Espinosa during the legislative investigation of the Senate Committees on Justice and Public Order, together with Marcelo Adorco’s positive identification of Peter Go Lim as one of Kerwin’s suppliers of dangerous drugs, is sufficient to establish probable cause to charge them with conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading,” the DOJ said.

The case filed by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against Lim, Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan was earlier dismissed by the DOJ under former Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III.

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President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his ire about the decision and warned Aguirre that he would put the then Secretary in jail instead if Espinosa and Lim go scot-free. Aguirre formed a new investigation panel to review the case.

The new panel is composed of Senior Assistant State Prosecutors Juan Pedro Navera, Anna Noreen T. Devanadera and Prosecution Attorney Herbert Calvin P. Abugan.

Lim and Espinosa had previously filed several petitions regarding their indictment in the illegal drug trade, citing that the PNP-CIDG failed to present enough evidence.