MANILA - The P1.1-billion worth of shabu seized in a posh subdivision in Ayala Alabang bore the signature packaging of the world's most notorious drug syndicate, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said Thursday.
Authorities earlier nabbed 100 kilos of shabu or crystal meth concealed inside tea bag boxes and biscuit tins inside the house of a certain Josephine Ong.
Drugs concealed in "Chinese tea wrappers" are usually peddled by the Golden Triangle Syndicate, the most notorious drug group in the world, Aquino told DZMM.
"Parehong-pareho 'yung packaging nung nadiskubre namin sa Ayala Alabang doon sa nahuli sa Zamboanga," he said.
(The packaging of the illegal drugs we discovered in Ayala Alabang was very similar to the packaging of drugs in Zamboanga.)
"May seizures sa ibang bansa, sa Malaysia at sa Myanmar na parehong-pareho ang packaging," he said.
(There were also drug seizures in other countries, in Malaysia and Myanmar, that were also packaged similarly.)
The Golden Triangle Syndicate has been using Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand as transhipment points before ferrying the illegal haul to the Philippines via the Sulu sea, Aquino said.
"May mga false compartment ang mga vessels at idadaan sa Sulu Sea. From Zamboanga, idi-distribute ang droga aabot sa Cebu, BARMM, hanggang umabot sa NCR at Luzon," he said.
(Some vessels have false compartments. They would sail across the Sulu Sea. From Zamboanga, it will be distributed to Cebu, BARMM, until it reaches NCR and Luzon.)
Authorities have urged locals leaving near coastlines to immediately report suspicious activities and persons in their vicinity, he said.
The Philippines is also coordinating with 55 countries other countries to curb the operations of the Golden Triangle group, he said.