China reacts to citizen's drug arrest in Cebu

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2016 11:32 AM

MANILA - China on Thursday reiterated its support for President Duterte's anti-drug campaign after a Chinese citizen was arrested in Cebu Wednesday for carrying P6 million worth of shabu.

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy said Beijing itself has a firm stance against drugs, regardless of the nationalities of suspects.

"Illicit drugs are common enemy of the mankind. Fighting against all drug-related crimes is shared responsibility of all countries in the world," said embassy spokesperson Li Lingxiao.

President Duterte with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the presidential palace. ABS-CBN News file photo

Li added that China would like to hammer out plans on how it can help the Philippines' fight against narcotics.

"President Rodrigo Duterte has taken it as a top priority in cracking down drug-related crimes. China has expressed explicitly to the new administration China's willingness for effective cooperation in this regard, and would like to work out a specific plan of action with the Philippine side," said Embassy spokesperson Li Lingxiao.

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Chinese national Zhou Liming was arrested yesterday after 11 large packs of suspected shabu were found in her possession while at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Earlier this month, four Chinese nationals were also nabbed on board a so-called "floating" shabu laboratory in Subic, Zambales.

READ: 4 Chinese in 'floating' shabu lab to be indicted

The President recently named three alleged top drug traffickers in the country, including Cebuano-Chinese businessman Peter Lim.

Duterte said there are other "persons of interest" in the illegal drug trade case, including local officials, prison officials and Chinese nationals.

READ: Duterte to name more drug personalities soon