Police: Peter Lim may be hiding in Manila

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Businessman Peter Lim is facing charges of conspiracy to commit illegal trading for selling and distributing illegal drugs in the Visayas. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24) — The Cebu City police have failed to arrest accused drug lord Peter Lim within the 10-day period ordered by the court.

Central Visayas regional police Director Debold Sinas said they have notified the Makati Regional Trial Court that Lim could not be found in Cebu City.

Lim may be hiding "somewhere in Manila," Sinas said.

"We are verifying it, we are coordinating with national headquarters of Philippine National Police," he added.

He said Lim could probably be in Manila since his lawyers had prepared legal moves prior to the issuance of the arrest order on Lim on August 14.

The court directed the Mabolo Police Station in Cebu City to arrest Lim within 10 days and issued a hold departure order to prevent him from leaving the country. Lim's last known address is in Barangay Mabolo, but his exact whereabouts is unknown since he skipped hearings on his drug cases at the Justice Department.

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Lim was ordered arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit illegal trading for selling and distributing illegal drugs 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.

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

CNN Philippines' Eimor Santos and Cebu-based journalist Dale Israel contributed to this report.