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PNP Chief Dela Rosa slams DOJ’s decision to acquit big-time drug lords

PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa REUTERS/Czar Dancel

PDG Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, expressed his dissatisfaction to the Department of Justice Panel of Prosecutors for dismissing the charges against suspected drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co and Peter Lim.

Recently, it was revealed that last December, state prosecutors absolved several drug personalities, including Lim, who was called a drug lord by President Rodrigo Duterte; Espinosa, who confessed to being a drug lord in the Senate; and Co, who was previously convicted and is now imprisoned in the New Bilibid Prison.

Dela Rosa insisted that the PNP should have been informed by the prosecutors if they believe that the evidence against the suspects were weak.

The PNP head said that the PNP and the DOJ should assist one another since the two agencies are partners in the war on drugs, the flagship program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Dela Rosa further added that the President is upset with Lim, even if he is a co-wedding sponsor and a donor during Duterte’s campaign for the 2016 elections.

However, even with this development, the police official is confident that the acquittal of the suspected drug lords will be reversed after his meeting with Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Meanwhile, in response to the criticism received by the DOJ for the said decision, Aguirre created a review panel of prosecutors to examine the resolution dated last December 20, 2017.

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