China is No. 1 source of drugs

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MANILA, Philippines—China remains to be the primary source of illegal drugs smuggled into the country, the antinarcotics unit of the Philippine National Police said on Thursday.

Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias, chief of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF), said recent operations against drug syndicates revealed that shipments of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu,” which were illicitly brought to the country, came from mainland China.

“Most of those involved in smuggling shabu were mostly Chinese and West African drug syndicates,” Tobias told reporters during the 10th founding anniversary of the AIDSOTF at Camp Crame.

“This is why we will continue to launch operations against big-time Chinese drug lords operating in the country,” he said.

Last month, AIDSOTF operatives and Bureau of Customs personnel, led by Customs Risk Management Office Assistant Chief Jimmy Guban, raided a drug warehouse of a Chinese drug syndicate in Subic, Zambales, and seized over P4 billion worth of shabu.

Tobias said the illegal drugs, which were smuggled into the country from China through the Subic port, were about to be distributed in Metro Manila when authorities conducted the raid.

He said the AIDSOTF was closely coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to thwart attempts of South American drug cartels to bring in cocaine to the Philippines.

On Tuesday, a senior US Department of Justice (DOJ) official warned that drug syndicates operating in Colombia and other South American countries might try to peddle cocaine in East Asian countries, including the Philippines, due to the US government’s successful campaign against illegal drugs.

William Brownfield, assistant secretary of the US DOJ Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said the demand for methamphetamine in the United States has dropped by at least 50 percent.

“We are now coordinating with the PDEA and other authorities to check on the information given to us by Brownfield. While the possibility is there because of our geographical location, we can address this with our good existing cooperation and collaboration with other government agencies,” Tobias said.

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  • DannyGane

    if china is no. 1 source of illegal drugs, why there are filipinos arrested and convicted to death in china for bringing into their country illegal drugs???

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    This news will not be investigated by the senate. It will investigate only when PDEA and the local police start becoming thorns on the operations of the Chinese syndicates as when drug money is claimed to be missing.

  • John Fereira

    Shall we the Filipino people allow this things to happen? First we are already captured by Yakuza in their gambling business now operating in the country by using some influential business to be front with the elevated skyway as front.

    Second San Miguel is pushing to operate a new International Airport for WHAT? Because South American drugs will be easily be transported to ASIA via Manila again the biggest fund raiser of this project is from DRUGS Syndicate. Imagine they want to operate a direct flight to Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL.

    3rd this Chinese Syndicate my kababayan be aware most of the mining companies operated by china are the main conduit of drug supply.

    Hayaan na lang ba natin ang mga yan to flourish and slowly killing us all????

  • LabkoPinas

    China is definitely trying to weaken our country in all different ways. They tried opium before but it was too expensive for the common man, now with shabu, they are weakening our youth and our poor. Beware of China.

  • Batman

    FELLOW FILIPINOS WE CAN’T KILL OR EXECUTE THESE CHINESE DRUG LORDS BUT…

    1. We can support Filipino products and items from our friends.
    Buy Made in Philippines.
    Buy Made in Japan
    Buy Made in USA
    Buy Made in Indonesia
    Buy Made in India
    Buy Made in ASEAN
    Buy Made in EU

    2. Please do not forget the illegal mining by China nationwide (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) AFTER THE PDAF (Legislature) WE MUST PROSECUTE AND JAIL POLITICIANS WHO GAVE PERMIT FOR CHINA TO DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT and COMMIT ECONOMIC SABOTAGE.

    3. Remember NOT TO VOTE ANY LEFTIST COMMUNISTS and TRAITORS. (Sen. Trillanes, Sen. Escudero, BAYAN, Gabriela, KMU, and others) Why are our legislative branch is always silent with all the problems we are having with China.

    NO TO CHINA, ROGUE, BULLY and EVIL POWER!

    • RedRose_13

      I agree!

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