THE Department of Justice yesterday subpoenaed Chinese businessman Xu Zhi Jian alias ‘Jacky Co’ and 15 other individuals implicated in the P1.8-billion shabu shipment that authorities seized in Manila in March.
The summons were sent by a panel of prosecutors -- Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Claraisa Kuong, Asst. State Prosecutor Noel Antay Jr. at Asst. State Prosecutor Rodan Parrocha -- to the respondents’ legal counsel, Atty. Cipriano Robielos III.
In the subpoena, the respondents were required to appear during preliminary investigation on July 5 and 10 based on the complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Last March 22, operatives from PDEA, along with teams from the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Coast Guard seized 276,344.82 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, concealed in sacks of plastic resin, at the Manila International Container Port-Container Freight Station 3. It was estimated to be worth P1,876,800,000.
The consignee of the illegal drugs shipment were identified as Wealth Lotus Empire Corporation and Fortuneyield Cargo Services Corporation, both with addresses in Manila.
Authorities said they acted on information they received from their counterparts in Vietnam.
PDEA filed the charges two days after Senator Panfilo Lacson delivered a privilege speech where he named “Jacky Co” as behind the P1.8-billion shabu shipment.