MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues its manhunt to locate Mr. Reynald Lim, brother of alleged pork barrel mastermind, Janet Napoles, Malacanang said on Saturday.
Reynald Lim, like his sister, is also facing graft and plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan. He remains at large.
The siblings allegedly conspired to detain whistleblower Benhur Luy from December 2012 to March 2013 to stop him from spilling the beans on the P10-biliion pork barrel scam.
Deputy presidential Abigail Valte in an interview on state-run dzRB radio raised the issue following criticisms hurled at the PNP for seemingly not being effective in doing their jobs.
“I think the PNP and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) proved that even if their search efforts are not always reported in the news, they continue to catch high-profile fugitives,” Valte said in Filipino.
“Their job is to track down not broadcast each and every step they make to the media,” she added. So it is best that their work is done quietly because they produce results that way.”
Valte meanwhile said that the PNP has also been solving the recent killing of two high-profile personalities—racer Enzo Pastor and trader Richard King—in the last three days.
She said that PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima has already ordered the PNP units to solve the killings.
Pastor was shot dead in an ambush by motorcycle-riding men in Quezon City Thursday night while King was shot dead in Davao City on the same night.