Peter Lim has been ordered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appear in a preliminary investigation on August 14, in relation to an illegal drug case.
According to DOJ, the preliminary hearing will be handled by Assistant State Prosecutors John Michael Humarang and Aristotle Reyes.
Chief Insp. Chuck Barandog, head of the CIDG 7 Provincial Division, went to Lim’s house in Barangay Kasambagan accompanied by Kasambagan barangay officials at 1:40 p.m.
“The subpoena came from the DOJ and we are tasked to serve it. It’s up to the Major Crimes Investigation Unit of the CIDG Camp Crame after this. We will conduct a follow-up on this one, depending on the result of this subpoena,” Barandog said.
However, there was no Lim. His security guard, Antonio Rosellosa, signed the order at 2 p.m.
Peter Lim charged with violation of RA 9165
Peter Lim is charged with the violation of Section 26 (b) in relation to Section 5 of Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2000.
The offenses pertain to the “sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals.”
The subpoena reads:
“You are hereby required to appear, in connection with the preliminary investigation of the captioned case.”
“You are hereby warned that failure on your part to comply with this subpoena shall be considered as a waiver to present your defense in the preliminary investigation and the case shall be considered submitted for resolution.”
Supt. Richard Verceles of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed the complaint. Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II prompted to issue an immigration lookout bulletin order against Lim and others, according to Inquirer.
According to the reports, it was the first criminal case filed against Peter Lim who is a wealthy Filipino-Chinese businessman based in Cebu CIty. Lim has been named last year by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the country’s biggest drug lords.