THE National Bureau of Investigation will conduct a parallel investigation into the smuggling of P1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs involving Xu Zhi Jian alias Jacky Co.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stated this after the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) filed before the Department of Justice last Friday criminal complaints against Co and several others concerning the shabu shipment which was discovered last March 22 at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
“The DOJ will direct the NBI to conduct its own investigation of the subject illegal drug importation and, if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate complaint against the persons found responsible,” Guevarra said.
Also, Guevarra refuted the claims of Sen. Panfilo Lacson who said that nothing was done to prevent Co from leaving the country last April 3 despite being already on the watch list of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
“According to the consul general of China, a certain Xu Zhijian has a pending case in China. However, he is not in the Interpol watchlist, and this is certified by the Interpol NCB (National Central Bureau) Manila,” said the DOJ chief.
Nonetheless, Guevarra said he was informed by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that there were no records that Co left the Philippines last April 3. The BI is an agency attached under the DOJ.
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.