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Peter Lim Meets President Duterte
« on: July 16, 2016, 10:51:21 PM »
Cebu-based trader named in illegal drugs triad operation surrenders to President Duterte
By Lilian C. Mellejor

DAVAO CITY - A suspected drug lord named by President Rodrigo Duterte involved in the illegal drugs triad operation voluntarily surrendered at the office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI here on Friday night to clear his name.

But President Duterte told Peter Lim, a Cebuano-Chinese businessman to go to an investigating agency and have his case probed to prove that he is not the “Peter Lim” identified as the Visayan member of the triad.



Lim denied to Duterte he has connections with drug syndicates in China or at one time talked to people involved in illegal drugs in China.

Lim admitted to Duterte on reports that he had been in and out of the country but for a vacation with his family especially during Holy Week.

While he accepted Lim’s explanation for now, the President however warned Lim he could be killed if government found out he was involved in illegal drugs.

Lim admitted he was once investigated in a Congressional hearing called by then Representative Cuenco.

Given this, the President told Lim to go to an investigating agency like the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila. “If you have the time, you may want to bring along a lawyer,” Mr. Duterte advised Lim. Lim could even confront people who have accused him for illegal drugs involvement.

Duterte said the NBI would review the evidence against Peter Lim, whose name always crops up as the one who frequently travels outside of Manila.

“We want to help you…help us clear you,” Duterte told Lim, who also expressed willingness to help the administration in its anti-illegal drugs campaign.

“I am with you all the way gyud (really) Mr. President,” Lim said.

“I could clear up everything because my family is really in deep problem now in Cebu…In any way I will help, in all my ways I can,” Lim has told Duterte during the meeting which was covered by RTVM.

In a press conference Saturday morning at PDEA office, PDEA Deputy Director General Isidro Lapena confirmed that Lim is the same person in PDEA's rogue gallery involved in illegal drugs trade.

Lapena, however, said that persons in the rogue gallery of PDEA are not all facing cases. Others have warrant of arrest while some are subject for operation – Lim is one of them.

“Ang case niya (His – Lim case) is subject of investigation,” Lapeña said.

After the meeting Friday night, Lapena said investigation on Lim had already started, although Lim was allowed to go with a promise to appear in investigations. When asked if Lim could face risk from groups to silence him, Lapeña said it could be possible.

When sought on why Lim surrendered in Davao, Lapeña said Lim might have wanted to give up directly to the President.

According to PDEA Regional Director Adzhar Albani, Lim was the Peter Lim investigated by Congress in 2006 on drug offense.

Albani, who was present in the meeting between Mr. Duterte and Lim, said Lim was given the instruction to prove his innocence by submitting to an investigation. He said the President did not want to directly accept surrenderees, thus would be turned over to investigation units.

So far, Lapeña said they have been fillers from other high value targets – at least three. Lapeña, however, said all people involved in illegal drugs and surrendered to authorities would go through the same process of investigation.

Earlier, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Directorate for Operations Camilo Cascolan said all persons who surrendered go through a process.

He said surrenderees were subjected to interviews for purposes of getting details such as how they get illegal drugs, where they sell and their networks. Then they are passed on to investigation teams which will process waivers and affidavits. Those who are willing to be rehabilitated are endorsed to another agency like the Department of Health. (PNA)

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