Duterte meets suspected drug lord Peter Lim: ‘Sorry I cannot save you’

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What’s in a name? For Cebuano-Chinese businessman Peter Lim, it is a source of undeserved shame – if he really is not the “Peter Lim (a.k.a. Jaguar)” named by the President as a notorious drug lord.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte advised Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim to subject himself to an investigation and prove that he is not the “Peter Lim” identified as one of the country’s topmost drug lords.

Duterte and Lim met in Davao City late Friday where Lim denied being involved in the illegal drug trade and vowed to help with the government’s all out-war against drugs.

“I'm with you all the way, Mr. President,” Lim said. Malacañang released a video of the meeting that lasted for over half an hour.

"I could clear up everything because my family is really in deep problem now in Cebu…In any way I will help, in all my ways I can,” Lim added.

He also thanked the President for giving time to meet with him and talk “about the problem [he is] having now.”

Duterte reiterated he is declaring war against illegal drugs, but asked Lim to submit to the probe to be able to clear his name. 

"We want to help you…help us clear you," Duterte said.

After Lim expressed his willingness to help fight illegal drugs, Duterte said, “Sorry I cannot save you.”

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The President earlier named Chinese nationals Wu Tuan (also known as Peter Co) and Peter Lim (a.k.a. Jaguar) as part of the Chinese triad, with Co leading the illegal drug trade operations in Metro Manila and Luzon and Jaguar in the Visayas.

While Co is currently detained at the New Bilibid Prison on Muntinlupa City, Jaguar’s identity remains unclear.

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