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

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

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Max Miro was killed by police during the serving of an arrest warrant, while Nelson 'Jun' Pepito was shot dead by unidentified riding-in-tandem shooters, says Albuera police chief Senior Inspector Ronald Espina

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

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.