Gov't puts up ₱500,000 bounty for fugitive Peter Lim

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — Accused drug lord Peter Lim now has a half-a-million-peso bounty.

"The government is also ready to give a reward of P500,000 to anyone who can give information on the exact whereabouts of Accused Peter Go Lim, provided that such information will lead to the actual arrest of said fugitive," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a text message to reporters on Friday.

He also warned Lim's coddlers they could be charged with obstruction of justice if they continue to help the Cebu-based businessman. This is punishable with up to six years of imprisonment.

The Cebu City police have failed to arrest Lim despite the 10-day ultimatum given by the Makati Regional Trial Court which issued a warrant on Lim on August 14. The court also issued a hold departure order to prevent him from leaving the country.

The police said Lim may be hiding "somewhere in Manila." Lim's last known address is in Cebu City, but his exact whereabouts is unknown since he skipped hearings on his drug cases at the Justice Department.

READ: Where is Peter Lim?  

Lim is facing an arrest for illegal drug trade conspiracy in the Visayas. His co-accused, self-confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa, earlier told a Senate hearing that Lim was his supplier.

Lim denied any involvement in illegal drugs, including the allegations made by President Rodrigo Duterte that he is part of a Chinese triad leading illegal drug operations in the Visayas. He even personally appeared to the President, his kumpadre (co-sponsor) in a wedding, to clear his name.

Malacañang earlier asked Lim to surrender, assuring him he would be given a fair trial.