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Cebu businessman Peter Lim and seven others have been ordered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appear in a preliminary investigation into a drug trafficking case.
DOJ records showed that Lim was directed to attend the preliminary hearing on Aug. 14 to be handled by Assistant State Prosecutors Aristotle Reyes and John Michael Humarang.
Also summoned were suspected drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, Lovely Adam Impal, Jun Pepito, Rupel Malindangan, Max Miro and Marcelo Adorco.
They have been charged with violating 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 complaint filed by Supt. Richard Verceles of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has prompted Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to issue an immigration lookout bulletin order against Lim et al.
It was the first criminal case against Lim, a wealthy Chinese-Filipino businessman based in Cebu City, more than a year after President Duterte named him as one of the country’s biggest drug lords.
Mr. Duterte has threatened to kill him along with other senior government officials believed to be involved in the narcotics trade.