- President Rodrigo Duterte, with his strict stance against drugs, has named two of the topmost drug lords in the Philippines
- Cebu-based businessman, Peter Lim, a suspected drug lord has met with the president in an attempt to clear his name
- Duterte has advised Lim to undergo probe to prove his innocence while saying that he cannot protect him
“Nagbanta ako laban sa 'yo na papatayin kita o ipapatay kita. Pag may masilip ako sayo talagang tutuluyan kita,” says President Rodrigo Duterte to suspected drug lord Peter Lim during their first meeting at the office of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region XI, Davao City late Friday, July 15.
In a video released by Malacañang, the president had advised Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim to subject himself to an investigation.
“We want to help you…help us clear you,” Duterte said as he urged Lim to prove that he is not the “Peter Lim” identified to be one of the topmost drug lords in the country.
Lim denied being involved in illegal drug trade. He also said, "I could clear up everything because my family is really in deep problem now in Cebu…”
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“In any way I will help, in all my ways I can. I'm with you all the way, Mr. President,” he added.
In response, the president reiterated his stance against drugs, and tells Lim that he is unable to save him.
The meeting which has reportedly lasted for over half an hour, ended with Lim thanking the President for giving time to meet with him and talk “about the problem [he is] having now.”
Duterte has earlier named Chinese nationals Wu Tuan (a.k.a. Peter Co) as the triad leader in charge of Metro Manila and Luzon operations and Peter Lim (a.k.a. Jaguar) as part of the Chinese triad in-charge in the Visayas regions.
Co is currently detained at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, however, Jaguar’s identity remains unclear.