Gordon: China should cooperate in addressing PH drug problem

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2017 04:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2017 04:57 PM

MANILA - Sen. Richard Gordon wants China to take action against the transport of illegal drugs from its mainland to the Philippines, a long-time racket known to involve its citizens. 

At a Senate hearing on the controversial P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China that exposed alleged corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Gordon said Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III should seek the Chinese government's intervention to stop the entry of drugs from China to the Philippines. 

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair said 65 percent of 151 personalities tagged in illegal drugs last year were Chinese. 

"We're going to request the Senate President to write a letter to make sure that the government of China takes note about the problem the Philippines is having with their nationals importing drugs in our country," he said.

"I'm going tell them, 'Oy! Tumigil na kayong magpadala ng drugs dito, otherwise ginagawa niyong parang opium war ito tulad ng ginawa sa inyo ng British. Huwag niyong gawin sa 'min 'yan," he added.

He said the 2016 data on Chinese involvement in illegal drugs in the Philippines and the shabu shipment from China that slipped past the Bureau Customs just last May showed that illegal drugs from China continue to enter the Philippines. 

He said this also required cooperation between Manila and Beijing. 

"Makikita diyan kung magko-cooperate ang China sapagkat mukhang hindi sila nagko-cooperate dahil tuloy-tuloy ang pasok dito ng droga mula sa China," said Gordon after hours of grilling 2 Chinese businessmen tagged in the billion-peso drug shipment.

Gordon's committee is looking into the entry of 600 kgs of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) from China to Manila in May, which supposedly slipped past the BOC's green lane, where security checks are less stringent compared to the red and yellow lanes. 

Acting on a tip from China, authorities eventually found the drug shipment in the warehouse of Chinese businessman Richard Chen in Valenzuela City.