NBI to investigate Cebu trader over ‘triad’ links


CEBU CITY: The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will investigate Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim whom President Rodrigo Duterte named as part of the Chinese drug “triad.”

Lim denied his links to the illegal drug trade in a meeting with the President on Friday at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Davao City.

But Duterte advised him to submit to an investigation by the NBI.

NBI Director Dante Gierran, who was in Cebu City to attend the turnover ceremony for the new head of the agency’s Central Visayas office, said he was tasked by the President to investigate Lim.

He said the NBI will also form a task group that will focus on the eradication of illegal drugs in support of President Duterte’s war on drugs.

“The scope of this task group is the whole Philippines. Every region in the country will have NBI agents whose focus will only be on drugs,” Gierran said.

“We will consider the fight against drugs and corruption in the government as top priority,” he said.

Gierran urged other law enforcement agencies to coordinate in dismantling illegal drugs syndicates in the country.



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