Chinese drug lords fall in Ayala-Alabang raid

THREE more Chinese nationals were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency while repacking an estimated P1.1 billion worth of shabu Tuesday night in posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City.

PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the raid in Ayala-Alabang Village was their second biggest drug haul in Muntinlupa City which resulted in the seizure of an estimated P1.1 billion worth of shabu and the arrest of three Chinese nationals identified as Kei-Kei Go, 40, of Quiapo, Manila; Kian Kok Chua, 43, of Ongpin, Binondo, and Wu Yi alias ‘Li Zhaoyang,’ 19, of Sta. Cruz, Manila. Their Filipino cohort was identified as Emmanuel Pascual, 79.

The Chinese suspects were believed to be members of an international drug syndicate behind a series of big-time drug smuggling activities in the country.

The arrest of the four came barely weeks after an estimated P1.9 billion worth of shabu were seized by PDEA operatives at a secret drug facility in Tanza, Cavite where two Chinese nationals were killed in a gunfight with officers.

The PDEA chief said that their string of major drug seizures and arrests were enough proof that foreign drug lords and manufacturers, particularly Chinese drug lords,  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.

Go, Chua and Pascual were arrested in a buy-bust at the parking lot of the Festival Mall at the corner of Madrigal Avenue and Zapote Road in Muntinlupa City. Wu was arrested an hour-and-a-half later in another buy-bust at No. 175 Apitong Street in the posh Ayala Alabang Village.