Alleged drug lord Peter Lim skips DOJ hearing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) — Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim did not show up at the first preliminary hearing on Monday on drug charges filed against him, even after being issued a subpoena from the Justice Department (DOJ).

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Lim's lawyers, who attended the hearing on his behalf, said that in today's proceeding the respondents were to be given copies of the complaint filed against them.

The handling prosecutors required Lim and his co-respondents to attend the second hearing on August 24 for the submission of their counter affidavits .

Lim's lawyer Magilyn Loja insisted her client is not Peter Go Lim, also known as, Jaguar, as claimed in the complaint filed against him.

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She wanted the individual who identified their client as a drug supplier to personally subscribe to his affidavit before the DOJ but the police' Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said it would be costly to bring him to Manila.

"Nonetheless, considering the crime imputed to my client is very grave, we find it that he should be presented so he can subscribe and verify in fact if his claims are true," Loja said.

The CIDG filed drug trafficking charges against Peter Lim, self confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and 20 others earlier this month.

In the complaint, the CIDG said a certain Marcelo Adorco from Albuera, Leyte who was arrested in a buy-bust operation identified named Peter Lim, among others, as a drug supplier to the Espinosas.