MANILA – A businessman accused of having ties to the illegal drug trade has been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday.
Peter Lim, a suspected drug lord tagged by President Duterte, was not home when the subpoena was served.
Security guard Antonio Rosellosa received the subpoena on Lim's behalf.
The subpoena requires Lim to appear before the Assistant State Prosecutors at the DOJ office in Manila on August 14 and August 17, 2017.
“You are hereby required to appear before the undersigned at the 3rd Floor, Multi-Purpose Bulding, Department of Justice, Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila, on August 14, 2017 and August 17, 2017 at 10:00 in the morning, in connection with the preliminary investigation of the captioned case to be furnished with copy of the complaint and other documents evidence filed against, you.” the subpoena read.
Video courtesy of Carine Lapid, ABS-CBN News
On Monday, the DOJ issued an immigration lookout bulletin order on Lim, which directs the Bureau of Immigration to be on the lookout for the person of interest and verify his status.
Last December, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Lim, who hails from Central Visayas, is the same person referred to by Duterte in a drug matrix he released on July 7. Lim met with the president to deny his involvement in the illegal drug trade.
The NBI was tasked by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to conduct a probe on Lim.
"We were able to establish that the Peter Lim who appeared before the President and the NBI is one and the same Peter Lim and the he is the same Peter Lim who is the alleged drug lord of Cebu. The second part of the investigation, as to whether or not Peter Lim is indeed a drug lord, that is ongoing,” NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said last December.
The DOJ has yet to receive the NBI’s findings. --With a report from Carine Lapid, ABS-CBN News