The Department of Justice (DoJ) gave the respondents in the infamous multibillion-peso shabu shipment to the country up to 21 February to file their counter-affidavit.
Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat announced this during the continuation of the preliminary investigation of the cases filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before the Department of Justice in connection with the P6.4 billion worth of shabu concealed in magnetic lifters.
Sytat said some respondents failed to file their counter-affidavits yesterday claiming lack of time and for their lawyers to study the cases against them carefully.
Sytat, however, warned that after the 21 February deadline they would again set another hearing on 4 March at around 2 p.m.
Some respondents failed to file their counter-affidavits yesterday claiming lack of time.
Former Bureau of Customs (BoC) chief and now TESDA Director General Isidro Lapena failed to attend the preliminary hearing as he has a prior commitment and so did former customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban.
The DoJ panel has earlier announced the consolidation of the PDEA complaint and the NBI.
The DoJ panel in its order dated 29 January 2019 granted the motion of the NBI to consolidate the complaint.
The DoJ panel is composed of Assistant State Prosecutors Sytat, Giono Paolo Santiago, Jervis Gaspar and Prosecution Attorneys Jayvee Laurence Bandong and Mary Grace Arboladura.
NBI Director Dante Gierran named more than three dozen individuals allegedly involved in the smuggling of said drugs through magnetic lifters.