MANILA - Taiwan on Monday denied being the source of illegal drugs in the Philippines.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), in a statement, said Taiwan is the "best partner" of the Philippines in its fight against illegal transnational drugs.
"Taiwan will continue to join hands with the Philippine relevant authorities to enhance cooperation to vigorously eliminate the transnational drug traffickings," the statement said.
The two sides have signed several agreements, including a Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement between TECO and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) on criminal matters, a memorandum of understanding between MECO and TECO on combatting transnational crimes, and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation of Anti-Illegal Drugs, the statement added.
The cooperation has resulted in the seizure of over 1,000 kilograms of shabu, more than 8,000 kilograms of semi-finished products and raw materials, 3 shabu laboratories, a distribution station, and 6 shipments via air cargo and sea container, according to TECO.
"The market value of the above seizures is more than NT $2 billion (equivalent to about P3.2 billion). The Philippine authorities have been grateful for Taiwan’s unreserved assistance and contribution in cracking down on the illegal drugs," the statement added.