The self-proclaimed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa argued Tuesday not guilty of the accusation of conspiracy to take part in the narcotics that had been filed against him and three others before the City Council judge in Makati City 65.
Espinosa & former employee Marcelo Adorco, who is under the guardianship of the Philippine national police (PNP), also did not plead guilty to Makati City RTC Branch 65 Presiding judge Gina Bibat-Palamos.
Meanwhile, the two other accused, Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim and Ruel Malindangan, did not show up for the indictment.
The court determined the preliminary investigation on 14 September. Senior assistant-public prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera told reporters after the hearing.
"The accusations of Kerwin Espinosa and Marcelo Adorco pushed through, but Peter Lim was apparently not present, as far as he is concerned, walang premature but the court planned the next session until September 14," he said.
"Hopefully kung kung maarrest after siya (Lim) by that time, pwede after isabay (& # 39; yung arraignment niya), but before September 14th it is a preliminary investigation and then presentation of our first accusing witness," Navera added to it.
Palamos ordered the arrest of the four defendants last August 14 after the Ministry of Justice (DOJ) sued the defendants last August 10 two counts of the non-offense of conspiracy to commit illicit drug trafficking in violation of Article 26 (b) in in relation to Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Navera also said that the Prosecution has filed a motion for the issuance of an alias order against Lim, which is issued when an original warrant is returned without the subject appearing in court before a plea is submitted. / VVP
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