MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said the dismissal of complaints against two high-profile drug personalities is not yet final.
The case against Peter Lim, aka Jaguar, Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, Peter Co, and others is still up for automatic review by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a Palace press briefing.
“We understand the sentiments and the frustration of the public over the dismissal… We will not allow a big fish to go away if there’s evidence to go after him,” Roque said.
“Hindi pa po tapos ang ‘boxing’ laban kay Peter Lim at dito kay Kerwin Espinosa. Rerepasuhin pa po ‘yan ng Kalihim ng Department of Justice, at sisiguraduhin na tama ang naging naunang desisyon ng ating mga public prosecutors,” he added.
Roque said the Justice department’s review would determine whether the petition to dismiss the charges should be reversed, or whether additional evidence is necessary to sustain a conviction when the case is filed before the courts.
“Ang pangako po ng ating Presidente, kung kulang ang ebidensya, dadagdagan. At kung merong kababalaghan, parurusahan naman ang mga responsable,” he said.
“Ang importante lang, masiguro na itong desisyon ng pagdi-dismiss ay nakabase po sa ebidensya at kung hindi, gagawa po ng hakbang ang awtoridad para matuloy ang kaso,” Roque said.
The dismissal of the said case would not affect the drug charges filed against Senator Leila de Lima, stressing that there are other witnesses who are willing to testify against her, Roque said.
“Hindi naman po kasama dito sa kasong ito si Leila de Lima. So, iba po ang basehan ng pagsampa ng kaso kay Leila de Lima,” Roque said, adding that the Supreme Court has already found probable cause in the complaint against the senator.
Roque assured the public that the President remains committed to end the drug menace in the country and go after all personalities involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Huwag po kayong maabala, siguro naman po walang kaduda-duda na seryoso ang ating Presidente dito sa giyera laban sa droga,” he said.