Philippines seizes drugs in upscale area, arrests 4 Chinese

This is the second-largest drug haul of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency this year. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Philippines seizes drugs in upscale area, arrests 4 Chinese

  • Three Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino man were arrested late Tuesday during “buy-bust” raids
  • The drugs were concealed in tea wrappers similar to those seized in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar

MANILA: Philippine authorities have seized more than 160 kilograms (350 pounds) of methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers in their second-largest drug haul this year in a sign of how the problem has persisted despite the president’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says three Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino man, who works as an interpreter, were arrested late Tuesday during “buy-bust” raids in an upscale residential enclave and outside a shopping mall in metropolitan Manila.
Aquino said Wednesday the drugs were concealed in tea wrappers similar to those seized in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar and indicated an international syndicate was behind the trafficking.
Thousands of mostly poor drug suspects have died in President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs since he took office in mid-2016.


Philippines: Nearly 8,000 police punished over drug killings

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Philippines: Nearly 8,000 police punished over drug killings

  • Up to 14,724 policemen were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April
  • Thousands of drug suspects have been killed in raids carried out by the police

MANILA: A Philippine official says thousands of police officers have received administrative punishments, and more than 2,000 were dismissed, for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed.
Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael Banaag told a news conference Thursday that 14,724 policemen were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April. She said 7,867 of them received unspecified administrative punishments while 2,367 were fired.
Thousands of drug suspects have been killed in raids carried out by the police since President Rodrigo Duterte declared war on narcotics after he was elected in 2016 .