By Jeffrey Damicog
Businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim insists that he be placed under a separate preliminary investigation over the drug complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“Contrary to complainant’s submission, the charges against respondents do not involve common parties and are not founded on the same factual allegations,” read Lim’s reply.
Otherwise, he expressed concerns that “Mr. Lim’s defenses might not be given due attention in view of the number of respondents and transactions involved in the case.”
Filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Major Crimes Investigation Unit (PNP-CIDG-MCIU) before the DOJ, the complaint alleged that Lim and his co-respondents of violating Section 26(b) in relation to Section 5 (Sale, Trading, Administration, Dispensation, Delivery, Distribution, and Transportation of Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals) of Republic Act 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Apart from Lim, those who have been named as respondents in the complaint are self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, alleged drug supplier Lovely Impal, arrested alleged drug dealer Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Ruel Malindangan, Jun Pepito, and several others who are only known through the aliases Amang, Ricky, Warren, Tupie, Jojo, Jaime, Yawa, Lapi, Royroy, Marlon, and Bay.
The PNP based its complaint on the sworn statements issued by Adorco who was arrested on July 8, 2016 during a drug buy-bust operation in Albuera, Leyte. Adorco has worked for Espinosa.
Contrary to what is alleged in the complaint, Lim pointed out that Adorco’s sworn statements showed that “Co and ‘Peter Go Lim’ supposedly considered each other as competitors and not co-respondents.”
Lim also indicated that Adorco’s sworn statement indicated that “Kerwin deliberately dealt with Co/Impal and ‘Peter Go Lim’ separately.”
“Clearly, there is no basis for this Honorable Office to conclude that Co and ‘Peter Go Lim’ conspired to supply drugs to Kerwin,” he said.
“Necessarily, the pieces of evidence that may be presented to prove the ‘Kerwin-Peter Co drug transactions are irrelevant and immaterial in proving the alleged ‘Kerwin-Peter Lim transactions,’ which supposedly occurred on different dates and locations,” he added