"We are mindful of the zealous intention of the complainant to eliminate the illegal drug menace prevalent in our country today, and it is public knowledge that this fight has taken numerous lives", a Department of Justice panel said in a ruling seen by Reuters, dated Dec 20 past year, but not made public.
Apart from Lim, those who have been named as respondents in the complaint are self-confessed drug lord Rolan (Kerwin) Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, arrested drug supplier Lovely Impal, arrested drug dealer Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, and several others who are only known through the aliases Amang, Ricky, Warren, Tupie, Jojo, Jaime, Yawa, Lapi, Royroy, Marlon, and Bay.
Section 26 (b) is an attempt or conspiracy for the sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of any unsafe drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical. On June 4, 2015, Adoro said Lim allegedly met with him and Espinosa in Thailand regarding the delivery of 50 kilos powdered meth at the Cash & Carry parking lot in Makati City three days later.
The DOJ held that Adorco's affidavits are "unworthy of consideration" due to inconsistencies and contradictions.
Moreover, Humarang and Reyes said Adorco's claims were contrary to the "standards of human experience and the logical course of reality".
Designated as the reviewing prosecutors were Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Ana Noreen Devanadera and Prosecuting lawyer Herbert Calvin Abugan, while Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon was designated as the Acting Prosecutor General. "His contradictory statements on important details simply eroded the integrity and veracity of his testimony", it added.
"The DOJ effortlessly dropped the drug trading case against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinos for lack of evidence while rabidly going after dissenters and activists in its terror list". It is because it was physically impossible for Lim to meet them because he was never in Bangkok.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to conduct a reinvestigation over the dismissed drug complaint against businessman and suspected drug lord Peter Lim and his co-respondents. They were also charged as the biggest drug supplier in the Eastern Visayas region.
Also in the resolution, the prosecution level ruled that "pursuant to Department Order No. 004, dated January 4, 2017, let the entire records of this case be elevated to the Secretary of Justice for Automatic Review".
Adorco claimed that Lim supplied narcotics in "staggering amounts" to Espinosa for more than two years.