3 Chinese nabbed over P1.1B shabu in posh village

Aaron N. Aquino - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino inspects part of the estimated P1.1 billion worth of shabu. Photo courtesy of PDEA-PIO

CHINESE drug lords and manufacturers continue to defy the Duterte government’s all-out war on drugs as evidenced by the arrest of three more Chinamen inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City where they were found repacking an estimated P1.1 billion worth of shabu by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday night.

The arrest of the suspects came barely weeks after an estimated P1.9 billion worth of shabu were seized by PDEA operatives inside a secret drug facility in Tanza, Cavite where two Chinese nationals were killed in a gunfight with officers, said PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino.

The PDEA chief said that their string of major drug seizures and arrests were enough proof that foreign drug lords and manufacturers, continue to operate despite the Duterte government’s massive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse which since July 2016 has already resulted in the killing of more than 5,000 armed suspects in gunbattles with authorities.

On Tuesday, the PDEA made their second biggest drug haul yet this year following separate anti-narcotics operations in Muntinlupa City which resulted in the seizure of an estimated P1.1 billion worth of shabu and the arrest of three Chinese nationals believed to be members of an international drug syndicate behind a series of big-time drug smuggling activities in the country.

Aquino said that at around 5 p.m. Tuesday, his men arrested Chinese nationals Kei-Kei Go, 40, a resident of Quiapo, Manila; and Kian Kok Chua, 43, of Ongpin, Binondo, Manila and 79-year old Emmanuel Pascual during a buy-bust operation at the parking lot of the Festival Mall located along Madrigal Avenue corner Zapote Road in Muntinlupa City.

An hour-and-a-half later, the PDEA operatives conducted another buy-bust operation at no. 175 Apitong Street in the posh Ayala Alabang Village where they arrested a 3rd Chinese national identified as Wu Yi alias ‘Li Zhaoyang,’ a 19-year old resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila who yielded 82 plastic packets containing suspected shabu.

Aquino said that the two buy-bust operations led in the recovery of 166 kilograms of shabu worth P1.9 billion. Also recovered during the sting were  a green Honda Civic with plate no. WSB-955 and the P2.1 million worth of buy-bust money.

The official said that the drugs recovered during the Ayala Alabang Village raid were concealed inside tea bag boxes and biscuit tins.

“This operation is a product of a 3-months operation. As you can see, ilang beses na recently ang operations ng PDEA sa mga high-end subdivisions, ang mga nire-rent na bahay ginagawa ng mga sindikato as warehouses. This is the reason why PDEA is conducting training amongst village homeowners, lessors and condo owners,” he said.