President Rodrigo Duterte revealed a diagram of drug syndicates in the Philippines and one of the names he mentioned as part of the drug triad is Peter Lim. Since it was reported at first that Lim was out of the country when Duterte made the revelation on July 7, the President even issued a threat against him, telling him he will die the moment he arrives in NAIA.
But before the Cebuano-Chinese businessman Peter Lim met with Duterte in Davao City on July 16 and even before Duterte mentioned Lim as one of the suspected leaders of the drug triad in the country, they met on two occasions in Cebu.
Duterte and Lim’s first meeting was on June 8, 2016, during the President’s victory party at Level (8) ADNAMA, Mandaue City Reclamation Area, headquarters of the Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI). It was hosted for him by Adnama Group owner Fernando “Ding” Borja. They were pictured here, as posted by Cebuano radio/TV newscaster Leo Lastimosa, on his Facebook page.
Their second meeting was as kumpares, as they were both principal sponsors during the wedding of Beatriz Borja and Israeli expat Yuri Ofek last June 25, 2016. Borja is the daughter of the previously mentioned Ding Borja of the Adnama Group. The wedding was held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. They were also pictured in their barong wear.
If you read through the comments, there were several Duterte supporters claiming that the photos were edited. But Lim’s spokesperson, Dioscoro Fuentes Jr., confirmed that both Duterte and Lim were indeed present at the wedding, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, so no edits here.
Both events and Duterte’s attendance in both, involving mining company owner Borja, were also covered by this Rappler report on June 28, although the Peter Lim association was not yet uncovered at this moment.
Some people defended Duterte by saying that this Peter Lim who met with Duterte could not be the drug lord that the President named during his drug triad revelation since there are around 400 Peter Lims in Cebu and around 4,000 people of the same name in the country. However, Lim voluntarily said that he was the same Peter Lim who was the subject of a congressional inquiry in 2001 and 2006.
This SunStar report also showed the same Lim photographed with Duterte and his brother, Wellington, during a congressional inquiry in 2006.
And when Duterte and Lim finally met in Davao City for the third time, with Lim defending himself against Duterte’s accusations, some Filipinos cried discrimination in the way a wealthy suspected drug lord and the poor suspected drug pushers and drug users are being treated. They argued that while poor suspects were killed, the rich ones were even able to meet face to face with the President.
As this Peter Lim saga unfolds, we will learn more about whether Lim is indeed the drug lord that Duterte was referring to as part of the drug triad in the country. That is, if Lim follows Duterte’s advice to submit himself to an investigation.
Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.
He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.
The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.
She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.
The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.
“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.
Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang
Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.
- M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
- A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
- T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
- A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
- P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
- A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
- N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
- G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.
You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.
Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more
If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.
Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.
He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.
As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:
- Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
- Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.
“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.
Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.
Here are the steps:
- Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
- Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
- Fill in your email address.
- Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
- Fill in Logs with:
The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
- Click Submit.
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