Chinese 'drug lord' nabbed at NAIA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2012 07:32 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2012 05:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese man tagged by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as one of the “big-time drug traffickers” in the country was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday.

The suspect, identified as Mark Tan alias “Ronghao Chen,” was arrested at the NAIA Terminal 3 at around 3 p.m.

PDEA said Tan is allegedly one of the leaders of a big drug syndicate operating in Binondo, Manila.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. said PDEA agents tried to arrest Tan in a Quezon City buy-bust operation last February but he was able to escape.

However, the operation led to the arrest of Clarence Chen Go alias “Tony Go,” who told authorities that he is working for Tan.

PDEA said its efforts to arrest illegal drug financiers and drug lords in the country is in accordance to a directive issued by President Benigno Aquino III through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who heads the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC). -- Report from Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM