By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima maintained that the recent dismissal of a drug trafficking case against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Co, and two others should serve as a reminder for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute real criminals and stop wasting its energy filing bogus charges against political opposition like her.
De Lima, the most prominent political prisoner under the Duterte regime, maintained that selective prosecutions could end up with innocent people suffering.
“I fully concur. But Aguirre’s DOJ should have displayed the same vigor exhibited in running after me in pursuing these cases vs. Espinosa, et. al. With their misplaced zeal and wrongful prosecution of an innocent target, rule of law and suffer. An innocent suffers while the real guilty malefactors benefit therefrom,” she added.
De Lima further said: “It will serve the DOJ well to remember to flex the long arm of the law more often against the real criminals, rather than the strong hand of the state against the political opposition.”
In a 13-page order dated Dec. 17, the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 64, through Judge Gina M. Bibat-Palamos, reportedly granted the demurrers to evidence filed by the accused as the court cited the prosecution’s failure “to adduce evidence to overturn the presumption of innocence enjoyed by the herein accused.” (ai/mtvn)