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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

3 witnesses vs De Lima moved back to Bilibid maximum security compound

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:07 PM

The group Kabalikat urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II not to transfer the witnesses as this may affect the drug cases against detained Senator Leila de Lima

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima slams arrest warrant for 'weakest' drug case

Jun 25, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 205 issues another arrest warrant for detained Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima attend a hearing on the case filed against her for "Disobedience to Summons" before the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on May 19, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this creeping resurgence of drug trading

File photo of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leonen questions qualifications of drug lords as state witnesses

Mar 28, 2017 - 5:49 PM

You have here a case where all these are not qualified for the witness protection program but are in conspiracy with De Lima are not named in the information Would you say that there is a singling out of the accused? Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

Solicitor General Jose Calida takes the floor at the continuation of the oral arguments of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bilibid inmates cleared of drug charges, turn state witnesses vs De Lima

Feb 17, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The justice department s panel drops torture charges filed by inmate Jaybee Sebastian against Senator Leila de Lima

DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre shows to the members of the media the case filed against Senator Leila De Lima and others in connection with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila on February 17, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sebastian: Chinese inmates on top of Bilibid drugs trade

Oct 10, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Chinese inmates who are also drug lords are protected by gangs They compete in terms of quality of meth and prices says high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian

TESTIMONY. High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Sep 28, 2016 - 2:01 PM

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High-profile inmate killed, 4 hurt in Bilibid 'riot'

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED High profile convict Tony Co is killed in a stabbing incident that led to a riot at the national state penitentiary says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

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Witnesses pin De Lima on day 1 of House probe into Bilibid

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The House investigation lasts for 10 hours as witnesses testify how then justice secretary Leila de Lima supposedly allowed drugs to proliferate inside the New Bilibid Prison

KEY TESTIMONIES. The witnesses presented by the Department of the Justice before the House committee on justice take their oath at the beginning of the probe on September 20. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bilibid probe witnesses: We delivered P5-M ‘quota’ to De Lima

Sep 20, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Former Bureau of Corrections official Rafael Ragos and NBI officer Jovencio Ablen Jr claim they brought drug money to the residence of then justice secretary Leila de Lima

WITNESSES VS DE LIMA. Former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos (left) and NBI agent Jovencio Ablen Jr (right) testify at the House probe into the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison on September 20, 2016. Photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa on big-time drug lords: 'Their time will come'

Jul 17, 2016 - 5:25 PM

The chief of the Philippine National Police admits going after powerful drug lords won t be a quick task and appeals for patience from the public

WAR ON DRUGS. A revolver gun is seen next to a body of an alleged drug pusher and user who was killed in an operation of the police in Manila on July 12, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Is he top 'drug lord' Peter Lim? 9 things about the Cebu businessman

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:17 AM

There are hundreds of Peter Lims in Cebu but there is only one who had been accused of being a drug lord in the Visayas and the subject of a congressional inquiry in 2001 Here are 9 things we know about him

DRUG TRADE MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a matrix of personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division

Drug lords Co, Colangco may be moved to island prison

Jul 08, 2016 - 10:19 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says an island prison with no cellular phone signal would end the alleged drug trafficking operations of the convicts

JUSTICE SECRETARY. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends a thanksgiving Mass at the De Las Alas Hall inside the DOJ office in Manila on July 1, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte threatens 3 Chinese drug lords, claims Garbo is ‘coddler’

Jul 07, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The Philippine president warns a wanted Chinese drug lord: The moment he steps out of the plane he will die

DRUG TRADE MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a matrix of personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division

DOJ: Transfer to NBI doesn't violate rights of prison VIPs

Dec 17, 2014 - 8:05 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima asks the budget department to fund a separate building inside the national penitentiary s maximum security compound for convicted drug lords