The police tried to serve the arrest warrant against the businessman at his two mentioned addresses on Monday afternoon, but failed to find him.
A team went to his old house in Barangay Kasambagan in Cebu City, but a maid claimed she had not seen Lim in the 10 years she had worked there.
Another team went to another house in Lim in Barangay Banilad, also in Cebu City, but a janitor of the house claimed that he had not yet seen his employer.
Senior Supt. Royina Garma, police commissioner of the city of Cebu, said that intelligence reports showed that Lim Cebu had already left.
However, she said that they still have to hand in the arrest warrant issued by the Makati City Regional Trial Court on August 16 to formally inform the court that the suspect could no longer be found and to pave the way for the issuance of a alias warrant.
An arrest warrant for an alias has no expiration date and can be served anywhere in the Philippines.
The arrest warrant issued by the court ordered "every officer of the law" to arrest Lim and take him to the nearest prison or police station within 10 days.
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Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos of the regional Trial Court Branch 65 in Makati City issued the order to Lim after the Department of Justice sued the Cebu-based businessman for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in especially for "selling, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of any dangerous medicine."
The DOJ used as base the testimony of the self-proclaimed drug lord Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. for the Senate, where Lim was identified as one of his suppliers of dangerous drugs.
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President Rodrigo Duterte proclaimed Lim in public in 2016 and claimed that he was one of the largest drug dealers in the country.
But Lim denied the charge and said he was not the Peter Lim, named by the president.
Chief Insp. Dindo Juanito Alaras, head of the police station of Mabolo, said they went to the ancestral house of Lim in Tres Borces Street Barangay Kasambagan, but Lim was gone.
"A housekeeper told us she had not seen Lim since she started working there 10 years ago.
Only the mother of Lim lived in the house, & # 39; said Alaras.
The concierge of Lim's home in Barangay Banilad also claimed that he had not seen the businessman since last year.
Chief Supt. Debold Sinas, police director for Central Visayas, said that they would report to RTC Branch 35 that the order had been completed, but that the subject was no longer to be found. / ee
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