PDEA confirms Cebuano businessman Peter Lim a drug lord

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has confirmed that Peter Lim the Cebuano businessman and the drug lord are one and the same.

PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña in a statement said Lim's name has been included in the updated list of targeted individuals linked to drugs that was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.

"The list is a product of regular intelligence workshops where PDEA and the Philippine National Police (PNP) validate information about drug suspects. Upon validation, they will be the subject of future negation operations," he said.

Last month, Lim claimed that he is not a drug lord when he met with the President in Davao City. He also submitted himself to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to clear his name.

Lapeña said the PDEA is awaiting the result of the NBI investigation on Lim.

"Once evidence indicates that Lim is one of the top three drug lords operating in the country, then the NBI will file a case against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ)," he added.

There is no warrant of arrest against Lim as of this posting.