Philippine National Police (PNP) top officials have junked reports that alleged drug kingpin Peter Go Lim – who has supposedly been the object of a nationwide manhunt for the past three years – has left the Philippines for safer climes.
They insisted that there is still no concrete evidence that the fugitive Cebu-based trader has vanished and may have slipped out of the country.
Nevertheless, two elite units, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, have been ordered to check into the status of the Peter Lim case.
This runs counter to the earlier statements of their boss – Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano – who said in a nationwide radio interview he believes Lim had already escaped through the country’s porous southern border aka. “southern backdoor.”
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) appeared to have agreed with the observations of their colleagues in the PNP saying no such “Peter Lim” had departed the country as per their records.
Lim, who was one of the alleged suppliers of bigtime Visayas region trafficker Kerwin Espinosa, has a P500,000 bounty for his capture after a Makati court ordered his arrest.
Prosecutors of the Justice department claimed Lim had supplied huge amounts of shabu worth billions of pesos to Espinosa in 2013-2015.
Lim is listed in the order of battle of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after he was indicted by the DOJ for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs trading.
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In 2016, reports said Lim had helped in the presidential campaign of candidate Rodrigo Duterte.