MANILA - (UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide, Christopher "Bong" Go, facilitated the surrender of road rage suspect David Lim, Jr., nephew of alleged Visayan drug lord Peter Lim, a police official said Tuesday.
The younger Lim sent surrender feelers to Go on Monday through his family, following a raid in their home by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, said Central Visayas police director Chief Supt. Noli Taliño.
"Nakipag-ugnayan itong family ni David Lim Jr. Nagpadala siya ng surrender feeler kay Secretary Bong Go at iyun nga ang nagsabi sa akin na makipag-ugnayan sa mother," Taliño told radio DZMM.
(The family of David Lim Jr. coordinated and sent a surrender feeler to Secretary Bong Go and he's the one who told us to coordinate with the Lim's mother.
Go himself shared with the media a text message from Lim's family, asking for his help in facilitating the surrender.
"Sir Bong, the family decided to follow your advise to surrender my son David Lim Jr to the regional commander Chief Superintendent Noli Talino tomorrow… Pls help us facilitate his surrender [and] safety," read the message.
Duterte's executive assistant, however, denied that he is personally acquainted with the Lim family, whom he said contacted him through the help of a Davao City resident.
After 2 negotiations between the police and Lim's family, the suspect surrendered to authorities in Cebu at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
He was accompanied by his mother, Bebong Lim, 2 relatives and lawyer Jun Salatandre.
The suspect's father, David Lim Sr., is a sibling of Peter Lim, whom Duterte himself named as a drug lord in July last year.
Peter had denied his alleged drug links in a meeting with the President in Malacañang.
David, meanwhile, was identified by 33-year-old nurse Ephraim Nuñal as the one who shot him in the leg during a traffic altercation in Cebu City on Sunday.
Their argument allegedly started when Nuñal honked his horn at Lim after the latter stopped his Mercedes Benz in the middle of the road.
David said he shot Nuñal when he saw the nurse's companions getting out of the vehicle, according to Taliño.
"Noong nagbabaan daw ang mga kasama ni Nuñal, siguro na-intimidate siya. Bumalik siya sa sasakyan, kinuha yung baril at binaril na itong si Nuñal," the official said.
Lim is temporarily under the custody of the Central Visayas police regional, where he was reportedly detained in an air-conditioned room.
His lawyer denied that the suspect was given special treatment while in police custody.
He went through booking procedures on Tuesday. He declined media interviews.