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New case? De Lima is summoned by NBI for a drug investigation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’

SUMMONED. Senator Leila De Lima is summoned by the NBI for a drug-related investigation involving Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ charges Peter Lim for drug trade conspiracy

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) The new prosecution panel gives merit to Kerwin Espinosa's admission to the Senate that he knows Lim to be a top drug supplier

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ indicts Kerwin Espinosa for drug trade

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) The case of Cebu businessman Peter Lim is still undergoing a separate preliminary investigation

Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcelo Adorco: A precarious spot the gov’t case vs Espinosa stands on

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The star witness – the only witness – cannot read and write and only speaks Cebuano. His retractions are blamed on translation lapses.

GRILLED. Marcelo Adorco (utmost right) is grilled by veteran defense lawyer Raymond Fortun while his client Kerwin Espinosa (utmost left) watches looking pleased as the Manila RTC Branch 26 continues the trial on Espinosa's illegal possession of firerarms and drugs charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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What gov't key witness says about alleged Lim-Espinosa-Co drug network

May 01, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Adorco says he and his ‘boss’ Kerwin Espinosa once met Peter Co inside a hospital in Manila to talk about a drug transaction. Co is a convicted drug lord serving a life sentence in Bilibid.

WITNESS. Marcelo Adorco, the police's lone witness so far, executes a fourth affidavit to correct some inconsistencies. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2002 House report proves Peter Lim lied over drug links – gov't lawyers

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The committee report from 2002 recommended that Lim be prosecuted for perjury for lying about his links to a certain Ben Go

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

Guevarra: DOJ should be 'cornerstone' of PH justice system

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'I want good people whom I’ve worked with in the past to help me,' says new Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NEW JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will focus on strengthening the Department of Justice as a pillar of the justice system. Malacanang Photo

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

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:27 AM

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

ACCUSED. Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

State prosecutors slam ‘malicious’ Anti-Corruption Commission recommendation

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommends the suspension of prosecutors who had a hand in dismissing drug charges against suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim

Photo courtesy of the DOJ.

PACC to Duterte: Suspend fiscals who junked drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The commission recommends a lifestyle check on former assistant state prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, whom President Duterte has since appointed as regional trial court judge

UP TO DUTERTE. The PACC can only recommend charges against officials under the executive department. Malacañang file photo

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Mar 20, 2018 - 8:43 PM

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Aguirre orders fresh investigation vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:31 PM

'So much so that there is no dismissal anymore,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in a Malacañang press briefing

NO DISMISSAL. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces an order 'vacating the dismissal' of charges against alleged drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photos by Joseph Vidal, Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Mar 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

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PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

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Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Amid controversies at DOJ, Aguirre says 'no reason to resign'

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he and President Rodrigo Duterte have talked since a Department of Justice panel of prosecutors dismissed charges against alleged big-time drug lords

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

De Lima demands DOJ: Show physical evidence against me

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:11 AM

De Lima’s camp will manifest to the court the different standards that DOJ applied to the senator and to Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa, who were earlier cleared of drug trading by a prosecution panel

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

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Mar 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

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Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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Where is the NBI in the Peter Lim-Kerwin Espinosa investigation?

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Aguirre often taps the NBI – an agency attached to the DOJ – to conduct comprehensive case buildups in many high-profile cases

DRUG TRADE. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim is summoned to the DOJ headquarters in Manila on August 24, 2017, as prosecutors conduct a preliminary investigation into drug trade and conspiracy allegations against him. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe vs prosecutors who cleared Lim, Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:19 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issues the order 3 months after his panel of prosecutors recommended the dismissal of charges against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

INVESTIGATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II asks the NBI to investigate his prosecutors over the dismissal of charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to review dismissal of Lim, Espinosa drug charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed

Robredo: How can DOJ clear self-confessed drug lord Espinosa?

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Senators say the recommendation of a Department of Justice panel to drop charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa proves that the drug war is 'anti-poor' and a 'sham'

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the ADP Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Talk on March 13, 2018. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Malacañang backs refiling of case vs Peter Lim, if needed

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the decision of the Department of Justice panel of prosecutors on cases against the alleged drug lords is 'far from being final'

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim, whose name was among those mentioned by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as a drug lord operating in the country presents himself to the President at the PDEA Region XI office in Davao City on July 15. Lim agreed to submit himself to investigation by the NBI, to prove his claim that he is not the same ‘Peter Lim’ identified by the President. Rene Lumawag/PPD

PNP to DOJ: Reverse dismissal of Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to use 'all legal remedies' to hold the suspected big-time drug personalities liable

FOR APPEAL. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents Kerwin Espinosa to reporters. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Mar 13, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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DOJ clears Cebu businessman Peter Lim of drug trade charges

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:20 PM

In doing so, the DOJ also clears Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, and alleged supplier Lovely Impal

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Peter Lim shows up at DOJ on prosecutor's orders

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:46 PM

UPDATED A lawyer says Peter Lim never met with Kerwin Espinosa or Marcelo Adorco

COMPELLED TO APPEAR. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim arrives at the DOJ on August 24, 2017 after a state prosecutor said a no-show would mean his right to file a counter-affidavit is waived. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Peter Lim snubs DOJ probe

Aug 14, 2017 - 11:23 AM

He s not that person he has always denied it Lim s lawyer says of the businessman being linked to the drug trade

NO SHOW. Peter Lim sends his lawyer Magilyn Loja to the preliminary investigation into accusations against him for drug trade and conspiracy at the Department of Justice on August 14, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Alleged drug lord Espinosa's brother-in-law killed in Davao police ops

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Jake dela Cruz had 4 arrest warrants against him and faced criminal charges for illegal possession of firearms illegal drugs and murder

8 'drug personalities' on BI lookout list: What we know about them

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The immigration lookout bulletin comes a year after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly named Peter Lim as one of 3 Chinese drug lords

ALERT. Eight suspected drug personalities are included in the immigration lookout list released by the Department of Justice.

DOJ to begin probe into drug trade allegations vs Peter Lim

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:10 PM

A police complaint states that Cebu based businessman Peter Lim supplied staggering amounts of shabu to the group of Kerwin Espinosa

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim on immigration lookout list

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Justice orders the Bureau of Immigration to monitor if Lim and 7 others linked to the drug trade will try to leave the Philippines

PETER LIM AT NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler