IF fugitive Peter Lim is still in the country, then in no way will he be allowed to leave.
Malacanang issued an order to cancel Lim’s passport that would effectively bar him from leaving.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing that there is still no confirmation that suspected drug lord and businessman Lim is already out of the country, adding that the Department of Justice has already been directed to take the necessary actions.
“There is no confirmation of that yet, but we are sure the Justice department will take action — cancel his passport and other documents, and put other jurisdictions on alert,” Roque told Palace reporters.
Aside from being a fugitive in the Philippines, Roque also hinted at Lim as being hunted by the Interpol, which has his name on their list.
Earlier, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año claimed receiving information that Lim, who is facing a string of criminal charges and warrants for his arrest, may have already left the country.
A Makati court ordered Lim’s arrest in August 2018 after it determined there is probable cause to put him, self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa, and their other co-accused on trial for a case for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading. Police, however, had failed to locate Lim at either of his two addresses in Cebu City.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Lim has been the subject of an international manhunt since March 2019.
Citing information from the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Guevarra said Lim is on the red notice list of the Interpol.
Responding to criticisms thrown at the administration, Roque simply shrugged it all off. The administration has been at the receiving end of nasty remarks which had Lim’s supposed departure from the country as proof that decimates what critics described as a selective war on drugs preying only on small-time drug peddlers.
“Wanted po si Peter Lim. Wala siyang kalayaan,” added Roque who even cited the detention of Senator Leila de Lima who has remained behind bars for drug-related charges.
“Nakakulong si Senator de Lima, kaya hindi lang mahirap ang tina-target sa war on drugs,”he said.
De Lima, who led a Senate probe into the drug war killings, has been detained since February 2017 over three drug charges filed against her by state prosecutors. One of the charges has been dismissed by the lower court due to lack of evidence.
State prosecutors have accused de Lima of receiving drug money during her tenure as Justice Secretary during the previous administration, an allegation that she has adamantly denied.