There is something obnoxious in the way our officials are handling the case of Peter Lim, the fugitive drug lord with a bounty of P500,00 for his capture dead or alive.
Last week, Justice Secretary Menardro Guevarra said that they would be asking the Interpol to place Lim in a red notice after he allegedly left the country. But Guevarra later clarified that the Bureau of Immigration has no record of the departure of the wanted drug lord.
Citing immigration records, Guevarra said that Lim’s last registered foreign trip was in 2017 and that his passport has expired in 2019.
However, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, who supervises the Philippine National Police, said that Lim has eluded arrest and has already flown out of the country. Año cited as his source an unnamed businessman in Cebu City, Peter Lim’s former base of operation.
Why the contradiction and why is it that they are talking about Peter Lim only now when the Makati City Court has ordered his arrest for drug trafficking in 2018 or three years ago? And why was Lim able to escape from the “dragnet” of the law-enforcement authorities? Did he use his drug millions in bribing his way out?
The DoJ has indicted Lim for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, along with self-confessed “shabu” distributor Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan.
Earlier, in 2016 after he assumed office, President Duterte identified Lim as one of the country’s biggest drug lords and even asked Lim, his kumpadre in a wedding, not to surrender, but just kill himself.
Now that the President would wind up his term next year, are these two officials competing with each other in projecting their roles in solving the case of Peter Lim?
In the case of Año, he has already a built-in excuse: that the PNP can no longer capture Lim because he has flown out of the country. But Guevarra, with the help of the Interpol, can pinpoint where Peter Lim is hiding and undertake steps to bring him back to the country.
Our advice to these two officials: Get your act together and shun publicity until you produce the body of Peter Lim, dead or alive.