Guevarra: NBI ready to join hunt vs Peter Lim

Published August 15, 2018, 3:38 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra today said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to join in the hunt against Cebu-based businessman and suspected drug lord Peter Lim.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Guevarra made the assurance after the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against Lim and his co-accused, Ruel Malindangan.

“The warrant of arrest is generally addressed to all law enforcement agencies including the NBI,” Guevarra explained.

“If the police fail to find the accused, I will direct the NBI to assist,” he assured.

Guevarra previously said that he received information from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that Lim is still in the country.

Makati RTC Acting Presiding Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos issued the arrest warrants

after the Department of Justice (DOJ) last August 10 filed against the defendants two counts of the non-bailable offense of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade in violation of Section 26(b) in relation to Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“After a careful evaluation of the Information and the supporting evidence, this Court finds that it has jurisdiction over the subject matter of the Information and that probable cause exist to hold accused Peter Go Lim, Rolan E. Espinosa a.k.a. “Kerwin,” Marcelo L. Adorco and Ruel S. Malindagan,” read the magistrates order.

Among the accused, self-confessed drug lord Espinosa is in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), while, his associate, Adorco, is with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Apart from the two charges, last July 25, state prosecutors filed charges against Espinosa, Adorco, and Malindagan, arrested alleged drug supplier Lovely Impal, and convicted drug lord Peter Co after the panel of prosecutors led by Navera found probable cause to indict them based on the complaint of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

The charges filed last July 25 are two counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade at the Manila RTC and one other count of the same violation at the Makati RTC.