WATCH | Cebu road rage suspect David Lim Jr. yields to police; PNP chief denies special treatment
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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2 - 3:05 p.m.) David Lim Jr., the alleged gunman in Sunday’s road rage incident in Cebu City, surrendered to police early Tuesday morning .
The surrender of Lim, a nephew of alleged Central Visayas drug lord Peter Lim, was confirmed by regional police director Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño in a text message to presidential aide Christopher “Bong” Go.
Taliño said Lim gave himself up at 2 a.m. accompanied by his mother Bebong, two other relatives and lawyer Jun Salatandre.
“He is now temporarily under my custody at the office of RID (Regional Intelligence Division) pending the filing of case in court,” he said in the message to Go.
PNP Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said during a press briefing in Camp Crame that the negotiations for Lim’s surrender does not entail any ‘VIP’ treatment noting that its only normal for his (Lim) family to ensure his safety upon his surrender.
"I don't think there was special treatment. It's just normal sa isang mother na gusto niyang mag-surrender ang anak niya peacefully, na hindi ma-harm, na humanap ng linya na makausap kung pwedeng i-voluntary surrender iyung anak nila (for a mother to want her son to yield peacefully, not be subjected to harm, and to seek a line to make the voluntary surrender possible). [It's] normal," Dela Rosa told reporters in Camp Crame Tuesday.
Earlier, Lim’s mother had informed Go that they were heeding his advice to surrender her son to Taliño after an immigration lookout bulletin order was issued against David Jr.
Lim refused to give a statement to media who covered his booking.
David Lim Jr. being booked after his surrender. (video by Kaye Imson, News5)
But his lawyer Jun Salantandre and police officials said his version of what happened was that he was driving with his date, Tamae Takahashi, when he saw a car trailing him and blowing its horn, which was later joined by another vehicle, also blowing its horn.
Lim decided to stop and alight to confront the other drivers, leading to an argument and an exchange of blows with Nuñal, they said, adding that it was when supposed companions of the nurse got down from their cars that David went to his vehicle and got his gun.
Salantandre claimed his client fired in self-defense because he feared for his life, stressing that Lim had no criminal record.
While he confirmed that Lim had been drinking, he said his client was not drunk and had no intent to kill as he shot Nuñal in the leg.
Police said Lim will be charged with frustrated homicide and illegal possession of firearms while his date, who authorities are still trying to track down, will be charged as an accessory.
A video that went viral showed the altercation between Nuñal and a man identified as Lim who, despite efforts of the woman with him to stop him, aims a gun and shoots twice.
The incident prompted Cebu Mayor Tomas Osmeña to personally lead a police Special Weapons and Tactics team raid the home of David Lim Sr. Sunday night but did not find the suspect. (With a report from Thom Andrade, InterAksyon)