Wanted Peter Lim still in Philippines, says DOJ

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2018 07:08 PM

Wanted Peter Lim still in Philippines, says DOJ 1

MANILA- The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Tuesday the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), an attached agency of the DOJ, was locating alleged big-time drug lord Peter Go Lim so it can serve his arrest warrant on drug charges issued by a Makati court.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in a text message to reporters, said Lim has not left the country based on immigration records.

“The police, the NBI, and other law enforcement agencies are exerting all efforts to find Peter Go Lim and serve the warrant of arrest upon him. Per BI records, Mr. Lim has not left the country since his last trip in March. They hope to bring him to court before his arraignment [on August 28]," he said.

“If he is not found, the arraignment will be reset but there’s no need for a new warrant of arrest,” he added.

The justice department indicted Lim for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, along with self-confessed ‘shabu’ distributor Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan. 

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) where Lim was identified as the source of ‘shabu’ sold by the ‘Espinosa group’ in Regions 7 and 8 in 2013 and 2014.

The DOJ earlier junked the case which drew the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, who tagged Lim in 2016 as big-time drug lord ‘Jaguar.’ 

The dismissal was also widely criticized by lawmakers and anti-illegal drug advocates. The DOJ ordered the reopening of the preliminary investigation of the complaint following the uproar. 

In its latest ruling for the indictment of Go, et al., the DOJ said it based its resolution on new evidence presented by the Office of the Solicitor General, which took over the second preliminary investigation. 

Espinosa was earlier indicted, also in Makati City, for the same offense. 

That case involved his alleged drug transactions with alleged drug suppliers Lovely Impal and Peter Co, a convicted drug lord serving time at the New Bilibid Prison.