- PNP-CIDG targeting Cebu’s alleged top drug lord
- CIDG-7 chief said they have begun probing Lim’s background, financial dealings
- She urged witnesses and gov’t offices to cooperate, spill necessary info on Lim
- Businessman’s lawyer denied he was involved in illegal drugs
MANILA, Philippines – Is Peter Lim next?
Barely a day after they raided the compound of the Parojinogs in Ozamiz City, the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) announced it was in the middle of building up evidence against the man alleged to be the top drug lord in Cebu.
According to CIDG-7 chief Supt. Royina Garma, appropriate charges will be filed against Lim in court once they have finished checking his background and financial transactions.
At the same time, Garma admitted that they had a hard time gathering evidence against Lim because people were afraid of him and due to the protection he enjoyed from corrupt police officials.
“We have overwhelming intelligence reports against him but people are scared to execute an affidavit,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “He is more than Lucio Tan or Henry Sy when it comes to accommodating police officials in Cebu. He provides vehicles to them and gave them almost everything.”
Garma also urged witnesses and other government agencies —like the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Bureau of Immigration, and the Maritime Industry Authority— to help them pin down Lim as they may never have another chance like this again.
“I hope people who know the truth will come out and cooperate. This is our last chance to address the drug problem in our country. I think we will never have another president who is sincere in eliminating drugs. Let’s eliminate fear,” she said.
For his part, Lim’s lawyer Pedro Leslie Salva denied that his client was involved in illegal drugs but stressed they will cooperate with the authorities.
“He is a plain businessman. He is definitely not involved in illegal drugs. But as it is, we will obey what authorities will ask of us. We respect our authorities,” he said.