Philippine Daily Inquirer

BOMBS EX­PLODE OUT­SIDE PETER LIM’S OF­FICE IN MAN­DAUE

- —RE­PORTS FROM NOR­MAN MEN­DOZA, FE MARIE DUMABOC AND AD OR VIN­CENT MAYO L

CEBU CITY— Two im­pro­vised bombs ex­ploded early Thurs­day out­side the of­fice of con­tro­ver­sial busi­ness­man Peter Lim at Barangay Subang­daku in Man­daue City.

No one was hurt but the ex­plo­sion de­stroyed the bumper of a mini dump truck, the left win­dow of an­other truck and the main elec­tric switch of Hilton Mo­tors Corp., a heavy equip­ment dealer in Cebu prov­ince.

Dam­age to the dis­play cen­ter was placed by the po­lice at P26,000.

Jun Fuentes, spokesper­son for the Lim fam­ily, said: “We leave the mat­ter for au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate. If they want any­thing from us, the of­fice is open.”

Lim, he said, was in Metro Manila when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened.

Lim is fac­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) af­ter he was pub­licly iden­ti­fied by Pres­i­dent Duterte as a big-time drug lord, a claim the busi­ness­man had de­nied.

The drug traf­fick­ing charges against Lim were ear­lier dis- missed by a panel of prose­cu­tors.

But pub­lic crit­i­cisms and a threat from Mr. Duterte prompted then Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II to re­verse the panel’s rul­ing and or­der an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the charges against Lim. Aguirre later re­signed from his post.

Se­nior Supt. Roberto Alanas, di­rec­tor of the Man­daue po­lice, said the at­tack “could be re­lated to a pos­si­ble busi­ness com­pe­ti­tion or was scripted.”

He formed an in­ter-agency task force com­posed of the Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal Ca­nine Group, the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group in Cen­tral Visayas and the Man­daue City po­lice to look into the in­ci­dent.

 ?? —NORMANMEND­OZA ?? DAM­AGE An ex­plo­sion at Hilton Mo­tors, an es­tab­lish­ment owned by con­tro­ver­sial busi­ness­man Peter Lim in Man­daue City, dam­ages a truck.
—NORMANMEND­OZA DAM­AGE An ex­plo­sion at Hilton Mo­tors, an es­tab­lish­ment owned by con­tro­ver­sial busi­ness­man Peter Lim in Man­daue City, dam­ages a truck.

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