Citing weak evidence, DOJ junks drug tradings raps vs Kerwin Espinosa, others

Kerwin Espinosa takes an oath during a Senate hearing on drugs at the Senate on November 23, 2016./ AFP / Noel Celis/


(Eagle News) — The Department of Justice has dismissed drug trading charges against Kerwin Espinosa.

In dismissing the charges also filed against businessman Peter Lim, Peter Co, Max Miro, Lovely Impal, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, Marcelo Adorco, and others known by their aliases, the DOJ did not give weight to the testimony of Adorco, who they said was an “evidently self-serving witness.”

“His contradictory statements on important details simply eroded the integrity and veracity of his testimony,” the DOJ said in its 41-page resolution dated December 2017.

The DOJ added there was a “dearth of evidence” submitted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

“The dearth of complainant’s evidence and Adorco’s unreliability as a witness thus constrain us to dismiss the present complaint against the respondents,” the DOJ said.

The drug trading charges against the respondents stem from drug transactions which allegedly took place in parts of the Visayas and Luzon.

Espinosa, the son of former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, was arrested in October 2016 in the United Arab Emirates.