Fil-Am leaders defend Pinoy dentist charged with gun trafficking

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Apr 14 2014 09:38 AM | Updated as of Apr 15 2014 02:08 AM

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Some community leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area are still in shock over the arrest of Fil-Am dentist, Dr. Wilson Lim, who is linked to a corruption and gun trafficking case with suspended California Senator Leland Yee.

The indictment states that Lim and Yee were trying to sell illegal firearms from the Philippines to an undercover FBI agent.

The alleged suppliers were Lim’s nephew and a captain in the Philippine military.

Despite the charges against Lim, some of his Pinoy colleagues say they find it hard to believe that Lim knowingly involved himself in this kind of scheme.

Fel Amistad is the past president of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, where Lim is a member.

“He physically and mentally can’t be that kind of person because I know that with his over medication, due to all his illnesses from his dialysis to his gout to his hypertension, it can affect his mind,” Amistad said. “And who knows? Maybe he had over medication the day he met those people of the 11th of March.”

Lim suffered from a heart attack and stroke that led to a coma two years ago, resulting in memory loss and dialysis treatments.

Meantime, Adee Angeles, who was pictured this week in front of the federal courthouse with Lim, also believes in his friend’s innocence.

“It’s unbelievable,” Angeles said. “They are portraying a guy that can’t even sell a balloon. They are saying he smuggles guns or sells guns. All his life in America, all he knows is to pull teeth and now he’s being accused of selling guns, that’s unbelievable.”

Daly City Mayor David Canepa worked for Yee for a number of years.

He declined an on-camera interview but gave Balitang America this statement: “I am shocked and saddened by the indictment. These are serious allegations, whether it’s true or untrue. An indictment by the FBI is pretty serious.”

Meantime Lim, who has filed for bankruptcy in the past, is said to be in even deeper financial trouble.

A source, according to a media report, has even claimed that Senator Yee paid Lim’s $50,000 bail and lawyer’s fees.

“I really don’t know. That’s new to me,” Amistad said.

But Amistad says he knows that Lim, who he’s spoken to recently, is feeling the brunt of the indictment.

He said Lim’s dental clinic is not doing well.

At times, Amistad said, Lim has had to close his clinic early because no clients are coming in, and he can no longer afford to pay his staff.

Balitang America continues to reach out to Lim for a comment. He has yet to grant that request.