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PDEA: Peter Lim is the same person on drug target list

Peter Lim, who surrendered to President Rodrigo Duterte in July, is confirmed to be the same person listed on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's targeted drug personalities, the agency said Thursday.

"Lim's name is included in the updated list of targeted individuals linked to drugs that was submitted to President Duterte. The list is a product of regular intelligence workshops where PDEA and the Philippine National Police validate information about drug suspects. Upon validation, they will be the subject of future negation operations," PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said in a statement.



Lapeña added that the NBI will now subject Lim to a fact-finding probe for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Lim faced the NBI last July 21 at its headquarters in Manila to clear his name.

The Cebuano businessman submitted himself to Duterte in Davao City where the latter threatened to kill him if he is proven to be one of the country's top drug lords. 

Meanwhile, Lapeña said PDEA is still waiting for the result of the NBI investigation because authorities cannot arrest him without a warrant.

"PDEA is still waiting for the result of the NBI's investigation on Lim. Once evidence indicates that Lim is one of the top three drug lords operating in the country, then the NBI will file a case against him before the Department of Justice," he said. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KG, GMA News