China vows to cooperate in citizen's drug case: police

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2016 03:47 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2016 07:16 PM

CEBU - A Chinese consul on Friday visited Chinese national Zhou Liming who was arrested after being caught in possession of 4.2 kilograms of suspected shabu at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The consul did not grant any interview with the media.

But Police Supt. Enrico Rigor, chief of the Legal and Investigation Division of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, said the Chinese government committed to cooperate in Zhou's case.

The consul gave Zhou a list of Mandarin-speaking lawyers. Language has been preventing the police from getting other vital information from Zhou.

Rigor added that Zhou was also able to talk to her family via phone.

According to Rigor, Zhou can be a state witness if she will ask for it and if the court will consider her as the least guilty.

Rigor said Zhou's disclosure can lead to subsequent police operations.

Zhou, who came from Hong Kong and arrived in Cebu last Wednesday, was arrested after 11 large packs of shabu were discovered in her luggage.

She will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Once the case is filed, a commitment order will be issued and Zhou will be taken to the Lapu-Lapu City Jail.

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