Palace: Peter Lim, please surrender, go to court

Malacañang on Thursday appealed to suspected drug lord and now fugitive Peter Lim to surrender to authorities. In a press briefing, The Presidential Spokesperson said: “We’re asking Peter Lim, please surrender. If you are innocent, prove your innocence in court. You will be given your day in court.”

SOURCE: Christine O. Avendaño (2018). Malacañang to Peter Lim: ‘Please surrender’. @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:59 PM August 23, 2018. Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

So who is Peter Lim—and why Malacañang’s suddenly tender appeal for his surrender, instead of the usual brisk denunciation of people like him?
The Cebu businessman first came under scrutiny in 2001 when he faced a congressional hearing on drugs, where two of his former employees testified against him. The hearing concluded that there was not enough evidence to pin Lim down. The two witnesses met suspicious deaths in 2006 and 2011, respectively.

On July 7, 2016, Mr. Duterte himself publicly identified Lim as among the biggest drug dealers in the country, along with Herbert Colangco, Peter Co and Kerwin Espinosa. In that same announcement, the President threatened Lim on national TV: “If he has friends here, tell him, the moment he lands here at Naia, he will die…”

SOURCE: Where is Peter Lim? Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:28 AM August 30, 2018. Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

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