The Department of Justice’s preliminary investigation into the criminal complaint filed by Philippine National Police (PNP) against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim and several others due to their alleged involvement in illegal drugs will start grinding today.
Assistant State Prosecutors John Michael Humarang and Aristotle Reyes will handle the preliminary investigation against Lim et al for violation of Section 26 (b) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act at 10 a.m.
Aside from Lim, Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, a certain Marcelo L. Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Adam Impal, Ruel Mangalindan and Jaime Jun Pepito, a village councilor in Albuera, Leyte were also named as respondents in the complaint.
The DoJ also starts its preliminary investigation today into the rebellion charges filed against 59 suspected Maute group recruits who were arrested in Zamboanga City last July 25.
This as the suspects are set to submit their counter-affidavits and refute the charges against them.
During the last proceeding, the suspects were presented before the panel of prosecutors handling the case after they were flown to Manila from Zamboanga del Sur onboard a C-130 military plane.
The suspects signed their waiver of detention and decided that the panel of prosecutors proceed with the preliminary investigation.
Among those arrested is Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) member Nur Supian who was pinpointed by the arrested suspects as their recruiter.