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Tag team na! NBI to join manhunt if PNP fails to find Peter Lim

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has assured that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is prepared to join the search for the fugitive suspected drug boss Peter Lim.

The Secretary gave his word after Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 65 Judge Acting Presiding Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos on Tuesday (August 14) issued arrest warrants against Lim and his co-accused, Ruel Malindangan, for the non-bailable offense of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade.

“The warrant of arrest is generally addressed to all law enforcement agencies including the NBI. If the police fail to find the accused, i will direct the NBI to assist,” Guevarra said on Wednesday (August 15).

Meanwhile, the Secretary hailed the decision of the RTC to issue arrest warrants just days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed the charges.

“The issuance of the warrant means that the judge has also found probable cause against the accused,” Guevarra said.

The DOJ filed last Aug. 10 the charges which includes as accused Lim, Malindangan, self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, and Espinosa’s associate, Marcelo Adorco. Both Espinosa and Adorco are already in the custody of government authorities.