CEBUANO businessman and suspected drug lord Peter Lim has declined the request of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for him to undergo drug test.
According to NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin, Lim’s lawyer Ramon Esguerra told the NBI that he had advised his client Lim to refuse the NBI’s request.
The NBI spokesperson said he is yet to clarify if the deferment means refusal or Lim’s camp would just like to delay the conduct of the test.
Lavin added that the NBI cannot compel Lim to undergo drug test as he has the legal authority to exercise his right to counsel during investigation.
According to Lavin, the NBI does not know yet when Lim will return to the agency to submit the additional documents the agency required.
When asked what those documents are, Lavin said, “I cannot disclose, but these documents are related to his businesses.”
Lavin said that the NBI does not have a deadline in establishing Lim’s identity but stressed that the agency is prioritizing Lim’s case.
“Walang deadline pero minamadali namin dahil interesado ang Presidente dito,” he said.
Last Thursday, Lim appeared at the NBI following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The agency then conducted an initial investigation, created a fact-finding team to probe Lim’s alleged involvement in illegal drug trade and asked the businessman to submit additional documents.
NBI Anti-illegal drugs task force chief Juan Roel Bolivar, the head of the fact finding team, is now determining if Lim is really the drug lord “Jaguar” whom President Duterte identified as one of the member of the drug triad which operates in the country.
Once the fact-finding team has established that Lim is a drug lord, the NBI will file a case against him before the Department of Justice.