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P/SUPT. JOSEPH ORSOS
Chief, PNP-CIDG Legal Division
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP – CIDG) will present more documents to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in response to the counter-affidavit of businessman Peter Lim.
Lim is facing illegal drug trading charges over allegations he supplied illegal drugs to the Kerwin Espinosa’s group.
He has argued that the statement of police witness Marcelo Adorco is not admissible because Adorco only heard from Kerwin that he was the supplier of illegal drugs.
He has neither met nor talked with Adorco who was supposedly a confidant of Espinosa.
During Wednesday’s hearing, PNP-CIDG asked the DOJ panel to allow Adorco to subscribe to a supporting affidavit but it was opposed by Lim’s counsel.
“That’s irregular. How could you subscribe to without the document, more so when nothing has been submitted to the panel and no document is furnished to us?” said Atty. Magilyn Loja, counsel for Peter Lim.
The DOJ panel also rejected the motion.
“Where are they using that affidavit? They said it’s for the reply. Where’s the reply? To follow. So that’s premature and improper,” said DOJ Assistant State Prosecutor (ASP) Aristotle Reyes.
CIDG’s lawyer said Adorco is also willing to undergo a polygraph test.
“To determine who’s really lying. It’s either all they’re saying are alibi or mere denials. It’s better to have a polygraph [test],” said PNP-CIDG legal division chief, PSupt. Joseph Orsos.
The DOJ will resume the preliminary hearing on Tuesday. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
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