Duterte to China on illegal drugs: I will show restraint for now

Duterte to China on illegal drugs: I will show restraint for now

- President Rodrigo Duterte will confront China over the involvement of Chinese nationals in illegal drug-related activities in the Philippines

- The Philippine National Police arrested four Hong Kong nationals in the inspection of a ‘floating shabu laboratory’ in Zambales

- Three Chinese-Filipino drug lords were named by the president recently, but Duterte chose to first settle bigger issues between China and the Philippines before confronting the issue of illegal drug trade

The involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal trade in the county will be raised by President Rodrigo Duterte against China after four Hong Kong Nationals were caught in a ‘floating shabu laboratory in Subic Bay.

During his meeting in Malacañang with his fellow batch mates from San Beda Law, the president vowed to express his grievances and extreme disapproval against China.

Duterte to China on illegal drugs: I will show restraint for now

President Duterte and President Xi Jinping. (Photo credit: Free Malaysia Today)

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However, the president further stated that he will show restraint for now on the case concerning the illegal drugs because there is a need to address first the bigger issues of the Philippines with China.

"They were directing the traffic sa loob. Mayroon akong alam pero ‘wag muna. Tatapusin ko muna ‘to. Nasa presyuhan na sila. They’re cooking shabu, on-board sa ships. Tapos Chinese registry. At the proper time, ‘wag muna ngayon because let’s just say—  bigger issue about… But magpakita ako ng restraint muna ngayon," he said, without elaborating.

(They were directing the traffic inside. I have knowledge about it, but I won’t reveal it now. I will first settle it. They are cooking shabu on ships, which are under Chinese registry. At the proper time, let’s not take action first since there are still bigger issues. I will show restraint for now.)

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Last Monday, the Philippine National Police captured a ship in Subic, Zambales which was used as a shabu laboratory and also to transport illegal drugs from China by the arrested four Hong Kong nationals on-board

The police report identified the arrested nationals as: Shu Fook Leung, Kam Wah Kwok, Wing Fai Lo, and Kwok Tung Chan. Half a kilogram of suspected shabu was found and confiscated by the authorities.

The “bigger issue” with China was not clearly identified by Duterte but it can be assumed that this is related to the recent victory of the Philippines against China in the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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When the ruling came out and the Philippine delegation was triumphant, the current administration is now planning to engage in bilateral talks with China.

Three Chinese-Filipino drug lords were recently exposed by Duterte. Added to this, five active and retired officials were also suspected to be involved in illegal drug-related activities in the country. - Kami Media

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