Department of Justice (DoJ) on Tuesday summoned suspected high-profile drug lords who have been named by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The DoJ panel of prosecutors issued subpoenas for the conduct of preliminary investigation after criminal complaints were lodged against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim and seven others in connection with drug charges.
Other suspects asked to appear at the Justice department on August 14 and submit their respective counter-affidavits are: Rolan Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, a certain Marcelo L. Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Adam Impal, Ruel Mangalindan and Jun Pepito.
They are to respond to a complaint for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (CDDA) filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
The suspects are facing a complaint for violation of Section 26 (b) of Republic Act 9165 or the CDDA.
Section 26 (b) pertains to an attempt or conspiracy for the sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical.
The complaint was filed on July 5.
The DoJ prosecutors handling the case are Assistant State Prosecutors Aristotle Reyes and John Michael Humarang.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd on Monday issued an Immigration lookout bulletin against the accused.
They were listed in the lookout bulletin “in connection with the cases of violation of Section 26 [b]in relation to Section 5 [sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals] of Republic Act 9165” or the CDDA.
Co is currently detained at the national penitentiary New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City, while Espinosa is under the Witness Protection Program of the DoJ.
Impal, who was named by Espinosa as his supplier of illegal drugs, has been detained since January 2017 after being arrested in a buy-bust in Iligan City, Lanao del Sur.