Hold-departure order issued against alleged drug lord

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By Charmaine A. Tadalan

THE Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued on Friday a hold-departure order (HDO) against alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim.

“The Bureau of Immigration and Department is hereby ordered to prevent or hold the departure from the country of accused, Peter Go Lim,” the Order stated.

The order was granted after the legal counsel of Mr. Lim failed to appear at the scheduled hearing today on the Urgent Ex-Parte Motion for the issuance of the HDO.

Mr. Lim, together with Rolan “Kerwin” E. Espinosa, Marcelo L. Adorco, and Ruel S. Malindangan, is liable for violation of Section 26(B) in relation to Section 5, Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, with no bail.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Benigno Durana, Jr. said tracker teams have been deployed to go after Mr. Lim. “We have tracker teams actually running after him and son. That’s why we appeal to (the) public if ever they have information that would lead to the whereabouts of Peter Lim,” Mr. Dutana said in a press briefing, Friday.

“We would be happy to look into it, we only have tracker teams, but if we pull our resources the general public will help us, we can put Peter lim before the bar of justice,” he added.

For his part, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Ferdinand Lavin said regional and district directors have been ordered to “hunt down” the 72-year-old Cebu-based businessman.

Both the PNP and NBI said there are no reports yet on whether Mr. Lim is still in the country.