By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said that the Chinese government is lending a hand to Philippine authorities in apprehending Chinese drug offenders operating in the country.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement following reports that P1.1-billion worth of shabu was seized inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa Tuesday.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also arrested four Chinese nationals believed to be members of the Chinese-run Golden Triangle syndicate.
In his press briefing, Panelo said that China was helping the Philippines in addressing the issue of Chinese nationals doing drug operations in the Philippines.
“From what I know is Chinese government and our government are exchanging intelligence information with respect to terrorism and war against drugs, and piracy,” he said.
However, Panelo said he had no idea why Chinese nationals were so bold and comfortable in engaging in the illegal drug trade in the Philippines despite President Duterte’s stand against the contraband.
“I don’t know how to respond to that because it’s a question of why are they comfortable. I don’t even know whether or not they are comfortable or not,” he said.
Panelo also said that Malacañang was letting the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to solve the issue at-hand.
Earlier this week, PDEA first conducted a buy-bust operation outside a shopping mall on Madrigal Avenue where three suspects were caught with more than 40 kilos of supposed shabu.
In a follow-up operation, operatives raided a house inside Ayala Alabang Village, and discovered more than 100 kilos of drugs concealed inside tea bag boxes and biscuit tins. They also arrested another Chinese national.
The PDEA is looking into whether or not the suspects are connected to the two Chinese nationals who were killed in an anti-illegal drug operation in Tanza, Cavite last month where some P1.9 billion worth of suspected shabu were seized.