MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday assured that there will be no special treatment given to four Chinese nationals convicted of drug charges over the operations of a floating shabu laboratory discovered in 2016.
4 Chinese nationals tagged in floating 'shabu' laboratory in Subic convicted
Win Fai Lo, Shu Fook Leung, Kwok Tung Chan and Kam Wah Kwok were sentenced to life imprisonment, and were instructed to each pay a P5-million fine for possession of illegal drugs, the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court's decision read.
“We assure the public that no special treatment will be accorded to the four Chinese drug convicts as they serve their life sentence behind bars for operating a floating shabu laboratory in Subic,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“Similarly, we also give assurance to their families that they will be given proper treatment in prison, and they will be humanely treated in accordance with the Bill of Rights under our Constitution, as well as with appropriate Philippine laws and rules.”
Panelo said the administration is also working with the Department of Justice for the possible deportation of the four.
“In any case, the Palace considers this development as clear proof of the Government’s unrelenting war against illegal drugs, which spares no one who violates our laws,” he said.
Charges on the manufacture of illegal drugs against the Chinese men were dismissed "for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt," the Court said.
The Department of Justice welcomed the conviction of the accused on the possession charge but expressed dismay over the court's decision to acquit them on the charge of manufacture of illegal drugs, Justice Undersecretary Mark L. Perete said in a statement.