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NBI starts probe on Peter Lim

Cebu businessman Peter Lim arrived at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday afternoon to prove that he is not the suspected drug lord named recently by President Duterte.

NBI spokesman lawyer Ferdinand Lavin said Lim arrived at the NBI to subject himself for investigation by the fact finding team formed by the NBI solely for Lim’s case.

According to Lim’s legal counsel Ramon Esguerra, they are just following the directive of President Duterte that Lim should appear at the NBI and subject himself to investigation to prove his innocence.

Esguerra said that Lim volunteered to have himself investigated since “he has a clear conscience and has not been involved in any illegal drug activities.”

“The primordial reason why he voluntarily went here, following the instruction of the President, was to clear his name and that the Peter Lim referred by the President is not the same person as my client,” he said.

Esguerra said that there was a formal investigation but they are not at liberty to specify what was taken up. He added that they have submitted a letter addressed to NBI Director Dante Gierran but declined to divulge its content.

“What Mr. Lim promised the Bureau is his utmost cooperation. We will wait for another investigation. Of course, we told the director that we will cooperate,” he stressed.

Esguerra added that Lim is still recuperating from his sickness and is on his way back to Cebu. However, he assured that Lim will return to the Bureau when required.

Earlier reports said Lim was supposed to face the NBI on Monday but moved his appointment to Thursday due to sickness.

Earlier reports said Lim, during his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, admitted that he, along with his brother Wellington, once became the subject of a congressional inquiry over allegations linking them to the drug trade.

The hearings were led by then Cebu City representative Antonio Cuenco, who was then the chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs.

Based on previous reports, two former employees at the Hilton Heavy Equipment owned by the Lim brothers, testified against their former employers. (ARGYLL GEDUCOS)