The Department of Justice (DOJ) started yesterday its preliminary investigation on the drug charges filed against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim for his alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade in Central Visayas.
Lim, however, did not appear in the first hearing and instead sent his lawyers to receive the copy of the complaint and other documents on the charges filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
DOJ Assistant State Prosecutors Aristotle Reyes and John Michael Humarang gave Lim until August 24 to file personally his counter-affidavit.
Aside from Lim, also charged before the DOJ were Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, the self-confessed drug lord ans son of slain Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) inmates Peter Co, Marcelo Adorco, Max Miro, Lovely Adam Impal, Ruel Malindangan and Jun Pepito.
They were charged with the sale, administration, dispensation, trading, delivery and transportation of illegal drugs under Republic Act No. 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Espinosa attended yesterday’s hearing at the DOJ.
During last year’s Senate inquiry into the illegal drugs trade at the NBP, Espinosa tagged Lim as the supplier of the prohibited drugs in Central Visayas.
Lim’s lawyer Majilyn Loja said her client will reiterate in his counter-affidavit that there was a case o0f mistaken identify.
“He (Lim) is not that person. He has always denied it. In fact, he presented himself (before the National Bureau of Investigation earlier) saying that he is not the alias Jaguar,” Loja told journalists covering the DOJ.
“He will be here to face the charges against him,” she said
Records showed that Lim surrendered to President Duterte last year after his name was mentioned as among those behind the narcotics trade in the country.
Lim denied any involvement in the illegal drug trade.