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SC dismisses Peter Lim’s TRO petition

By: September 27,2018 - 12:51 AM

PETER LIM. /Inquirer file photo

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by Cebu-based businessman Peter Go Lim to stop the drug probe being conducted anew by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against him.

Lim, in his petition, asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order against the reinvestigation of his case, which he said was based on allegations that he violated the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act for the sale, administration, dispensation, trading, delivery, and transportation of illegal drugs.

He argued that the complaint against him was already dismissed by the DOJ last December. Hence, the reinvestigation order issued by then Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre may be considered a grave abuse of discretion.

Aguirre, however, created a second panel of prosecutors to reinvestigate the case where the police were given the opportunity to substantiate their allegation against Lim, self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, and several others.

“The Court resolves to dismiss the petition for failure to show any grave abuse of discretion in rendering the challenged order and resolution which, on the contrary, appear to be in accord with the facts and the applicable law and jurisprudence,” the high court’s Third Division stated in its resolution.

The DOJ has since terminated its reinvestigation and two counts of drug cases have been filed against Lim before the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

A warrant for his arrest has been issued, but authorities are still trying to find him at the moment.
Lim was indicted by the DOJ for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, particularly for “selling, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of any dangerous drug.”

The DOJ used as a basis the testimony of self-confessed drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. before the Senate where Lim was identified as one of his suppliers of dangerous drugs.

President Rodrigo Duterte publicly called out Lim in 2016, alleging that he was one of the biggest drug dealers in the country.

But Lim denied the charges, saying he was not the Peter Lim named by the President.

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