CEBU-BASED businessman Peter Lim turned up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, August 24, to reaffirm his counter-affidavit ,as he denied the drug charges filed against him by the police.
During Thursday's preliminary investigation on the drug trafficking charges filed against Lim and others, the panel of prosecutors led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, directed Lim's lawyer, Magilyn Loja, to produce her client to personally subscribe to his counter-affidavit.
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Loja manifested earlier in the day that her client will not appear at the hearing but will submit an affidavit he had subscribed to before City Prosecutor Antonio Valencia Jr. on August 22.
Lim also skipped the hearing last August 14.
The panel said it will not accept Lim's affidavit unless he appears and personally reaffirms his affidavit on Thursday, August 24.
In his counter-affidavit, Lim denied that he is a drug lord and he is the Peter Go Lim being referred to as "Jaguar."
"I am not the Peter Lim aka Jaguar referred to in this complaint," Lim said. "The incredible statements of [Marcelo] Adorco do not deserve the slightest consideration in this preliminary investigation."
Lim said he never engaged in or conspired to the sale, distribution, and transportation of any dangerous drug, contrary to the allegations against him by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in Central Visayas.
Aside from Lim, other personalities facing drug charges include Visayas drug lord Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa, Peter Co, Lovely Impal, Max Miro, Ruel Malindangan and Jun Pepito.
Only Lim, Espinosa, and Co have filed their respective counter-affidavits.
Adorco, meanwhile, was able to reaffirm his affidavit used as basis by the PNP-CIDG to file criminal complaints against the respondents.
Lim said Adorco is not a credible witness and has only fabricated the allegations linking him to drug dealing.
Lim further dispelled the allegations of Adorco that he transacted 50 kilos of shabu with him in Thailand in 2015.
"Contrary to Adorco's allegations in his two affidavits, I did not travel to Thailand whether in 2014 or on June 4, 2015," Lim said.
"My Philippine passport indubitably shows the stamps of my departure from and arrival in the Philippines for years 2014 and 2015," he added.
Lim said that on the said date, he was confined at Cebu Doctors' University Hospital for 45 days from May 16 to July 2, 2015 for "herbal nephropathy with acute renal failure, diabetes mellitus maturity onset type 2 and dyslipidemia."
Lim claimed he has evidence such as medical records and official receipts with the said dates to dispute Adorco's claims.
He added that his son even took photos of him when he underwent dialysis on June 6, 2015 at the said hospital.
"It was therefore impossible physically or otherwise for me to have met Adorco and Kerwin in Thailand," Lim said.
The PNP-CIDG through Adorco's affidavit said there was conspiracy existing among Espinosa's group and the drug suppliers in the Central and Eastern Visayas, namely, Lim, Co, Impal and others.
Adorco, Espinosa's former aide, said his former boss was able to transact 20 kilos of shabu from Co and Lim on February 16, 2013 and another 50 kilos of shabu from Lim in Thailand in 2015.
The illegal drugs, Adorco said, were distributed to drug dealers in Bohol, Samar, Northern and Southern Leyte, Biliran and Cebu. (SunStar Philippines)