Chinese businessman tagged in shabu shipment fears for his life

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2017 01:15 PM

Affidavit of Chinese businessman Richard Tan.

Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Chinese owner of a logistics company is fearing for his life after his business operation got involved in the shipment of P6.4 billion worth of shabu to the Philippines.

In his affidavit, Hong Fei Logistics owner Richard Tan (Chinese name: Chen Ju Long) said he fears that the Chinese Triad might come after him after the contraband was discovered in his Valenzuela warehouse.

"I request for protective custody from the Senate of the Philippines and/or House of Representatives, who are both conducting investigation into this subject," said Tan.

It took almost three hours to gut this hole in the metal insulator machine, according to Chen Ju Long. Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBN News

The businessman said he got information about the shabu shipment when a Chinese Customs police official, Wang Xi Dong, called him in the afternoon of May 25, 2017.

The illegal drugs, Tan was told, were contained inside the 5 insulator machines sealed in heavy wooden crates which were on the shipment that arrived in his warehouse the day before.

According to Tan, he received local calls on May 25 evening, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 30 minute intervals, from Filipino and Chinese callers asking him to deliver the shipment in question.

"Xiamen Customs police told me not to deliver the shipment. Xiamen Customs told me to coordinate and wait for Philippine Customs officials. I did not deliver the insulator machines," he said.

Tan said the Customs Intelligence chief called him at 11:00 p.m. of the same day and proceeded to meet in Valenzuela after. He also accompanied Estrella to his warehouse that night.

The next morning, he said, Customs personnel with drug-sniffing dogs came to his warehouse. The personnel used metal grinders to open the 5 crates where shabu was discovered.

Tan, meanwhile, stressed that this is the time when he confirmed that there were illegal drugs in the shipment that arrived in his warehouse and that he did not have prior knowledge of it.

He said the shipper, Xiamen Dazhou, is responsible for the contents of the dispatch as his company is just in charge of consolidating and delivering goods "similar to DHL or LBC."

"It is the shipper responsible for the declarations in the Packing List and Commercial Invoice, two important shipping documents which describes the nature, quantity and contents of the shipment," he explained.

Tan faced the Senate probe on Monday, bringing with him an interpreter, as he still cannot speak and understand Filipino well despite doing business in the Philippines for over 20 years. With a report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News