- President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his desire to talk to the Chinese government about his anti-drugs campaign
- The president irately shared that many Chinese nationals were involved in illegal drugs
- Despite his main agenda, he said that the territorial dispute between the country and China remains at large
There might be another reason China might despise the Philippines – the ongoing war on drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The East Asian country might not have moved on with the ruling on its territorial dispute with the Philippines, but it seems like the president has and now has focused again on the priority of his agenda.
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During a private meeting in Malacañang on Sunday night, Duterte stated that he would like to confer with the Chinese government regarding his anti-drug campaign. Upon ongoing investigations, it turns out that the drug cartels in the country are predominantly spearheaded by Chinese citizens.
“One day, I will ask China: Why is the situation like this? I won’t say why are you sending them, but why is it that most of the guys who come here do drugs, even inside jail?”
It has been known that the country’s two major drug lords, Peter Lim and Peter Co, are Chinese nationals, if not of Chinese ancestry.
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Co is currently in New Bilibid Prison, while Lim has met with Duterte on July 15 after the president threatened that he will kill him.
Duterte told Lim that he is not quite off the hook yet, as he has to be prepared for any incoming investigations.
Another disturbing fact that the president took note of was that those who were killed in his anti-drug campaign were usually Chinese nationals.
“The bodies of those who died here that remain unclaimed, who will claim them? Most of them really are Chinese. That’s why that’s my lamentation.”
One of the latest drug-related arrests was in Subic, Zambales, where four Chinese men were manufacturing shabu in their fishing vessel.
Despite his concerns, the president admitted that discussions with China on his anti-drugs campaign would have to be put on hold. The territorial dispute between the country and the Philippine remains as a ‘bigger issue’, and he would have to prioritize it over his main agenda.-Kami Media