PNP, NBI hunt down Peter Lim

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2018 01:18 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation said Friday they are now hunting down alleged drug kingpin Peter Lim, who was recently ordered arrested by a court.

PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Bong Durana said tracker teams have been formed to look for Lim, who was earlier ordered arrested by the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 65. The local court upheld the Department of Justice's resolution finding probable cause against the suspects for alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.

“We have tracker teams running after him so we appeal to the public, if ever you have information that would lead to the whereabouts of Peter Lim, we would be happy to look into it,” Durana said in a press briefing.

NBI spokesperson Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin, meanwhile, said NBI Deputy Director Antonio Pagatpat has ordered regional NBI directors to hunt down Lim.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against Lim, Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan. 

In the case, Lim was identified as the source of "shabu" sold by the "Espinosa group" in Regions 7 and 8 in 2013 and 2014.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier identified Lim as a big time druglord while Espinosa had earlier confessed to drug involvement. 

The affirmed DOJ indictment reversed an earlier prosecution panel's dismissal of the charges against them, which drew heavy criticism.