SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers on Sunday lauded the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for the successful raids on clandestine drug laboratories in Batangas and Malabon which led to the arrest of four Chinese nationals and three others.
The PDEA said the Chinese suspects could have links to international drug cartels operating in the Golden Triangle, an untamed region crisscrossing the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.
“I commend PDEA Director General Aquino and the rest of the PDEA for their successful drug operations in Batangas and Malabon. Their swift action led to the discovery of big-scale drug laboratories and the arrest of suspected drug manufacturers with ties to the Chinese cartel,” said Barbers, chair of the House of Representatives’ committee on dangerous drugs.
Barbers said the drug bust proved the government’s resolve in curbing the illegal drugs trade.
“Hindi matatapos ang laban kontra droga hangga’t hindi nahuhuli ang mga malalaking isda na patuloy na sumisira sa ating lipunan. Kung nasaan ang droga, asahan niyo na nandiyaan ang PDEA para supilin ito (The fight against illegal drugs will not be over until we get the big fish. PDEA is here because of illegal drugs), ” he said.
On Thursday, PDEA swooped down on a laboratory inside Hingoso Farm in Barangay Sto. Nino, Ibaan Batangas. The laboratory reportedly can produce 25 kilos of shabu per day, with an estimated street value of P125 million.
Nabbed were two Chinese chemists and their three Filipino cohorts. Another Chinese chemist and his Filipino driver were arrested, this time in Lipa City, on the same day.
Citing an intelligence report from China, Aquino claimed that a Hong Kong-based drug kingpin and financier set up the shabu laboratory in Batangas.
On Friday, PDEA conducted a follow-up operation in a warehouse that reportedly manufactured shabu and ecstasy in Tinajeros, Malabon. Arrested were a Chinese national and his Filipino driver.
“The challenge now is for the PDEA to strengthen its coordination with international agencies, especially our neighboring countries,” Barbers said.
“Trafficking of illegal drugs is a global problem that must be stopped at the borders. Thus, it must be a shared responsibility of all countries,” the congressman added.
SOURCE: Office of Rep. Robert Ace S. Barbers
2nd District, Surigao del Norte
Chairman, Committee on Dangerous Drugs