Cebuano businessman Peter Lim is a top priority of government operatives for arrest but he is too elusive.
Phil. Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA7) Dir. Wardley Getalla said so in the sidelines of the Association of Government Information Officers-Philippine Information Agency (AGIO-PIA) forum today at the PIA Central Visayas Office in Gorordo Avenue.
Getalla said that along with the PDEA and the Philippine National Police (PNP), the military intelligence operatives is also working for the arrest of Lim.
They have a difficulty in locating him Getalla admitted, raising the possibility that the wanted businessman had been transfering from one place to another.
“Yung pong pagmo-monitor sa kanya sabi ko nga po hindi madali yun dahil iba ang galaw niya. Sahihin na natin fluid, sabihin natin araw-araw pwede siyang lumipat magpabago-bago ng pwesto. Kaya nga po yung exact whereabouts niya wino-work out po talaga yan ng PDEA at kahit na PNP pati mga intelligence ng military ay talagang active sa pag monitor,” Getalla told Newsph.org.
Getalla is appealing to the public to help the authorities, adding, there had been past incidents, that a wanted person has been caught because of the public’s help.
The government is offering P500, 000 reward money to any informant that could provide the whereabouts of Lim that will lead to his arrest.
“Yun na nga po ang elementong kulang sabi ko nga yung community rin, talagang kailangan maging partner sila sa pagbigay ng info usually kasi pag sinabi natin yung most wanted person nagtatago usually pumupunta yan dun sa mga less populated and isolated places at marami po tayong success stories na naaresto ang mga wanted personalities dahil sa sumbong ng communities,” Getalla bared.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte warned Lim, and he liked the businessman killed once they crossed paths.
He then warned all those involved in the illegal drug trade that all of them would be killed. His last three years in office will have a more relentless campaign against illegal drugs.
“May tatlong taon pa akong naiwan pag hindi ninyo ako napatay itong remaining na tatlong taon ko, p _tang ina, uubusin ko talaga kayo.”
The President made the pronouncement in Plaza Indepedencia last Sunday as he campaigned for the PDP-Laban senate ticket and its guest candidates. He also endorsed their local bets for Cebu, Cong. Gwen Garcia for Governor and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella as Cebu City Mayor.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier indicted Lim for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, along with self-confessed ‘shabu’ distributor Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan.
Makati City RTC Judge Gina Palamos issued the warrant of arrest against the Cebuano businessman in August last year.
Lim’s house in Mabolo Cebu City were swooped down by the police but the businessman was not around.
Lim is barred from leaving the country as the DOJ issued a Hold Departure Order (HDO) against him.