Gordon asks DFA to track down suspects in MICT shabu smuggling
Sen. Richard Gordon has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to help gather information about the Chinese men involved in the smuggling of shabu worth billions of pesos through the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
On Sept. 24, Gordon wrote a letter asking Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to coordinate with the Philippine Embassy and Consulate in China and Hong Kong and related Chinese authorities to find information on suspects Chan Yee Wah Albert alias “KC Chan” and James Fong alias “Fung Ping Cheung.”
“In this regard, we would appreciate the assistance of the Philippine Embassy and Consulate in China and Hong Kong, in coordinating with the appropriate authorities in their respective jurisdictions to gather any pertinent information on any official action, investigation or cooperation with local authorities that may have undertaken regarding the abovementioned individuals including criminal records, if any,” Gordon said.
Aside from Chan and Fong, Gordon also sought the DFA’s investigation on Andy Cheng, another Chinese national who was a suspect in the drug smuggling in Cavite according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
“The PDEA seems to have arrived at the same conclusion that international drug syndicates, mostly run by Chinese, are operating in our country. It is also possible that Andy Cheng, the Hong Kong man they are looking for, who had been tagged as the local mastermind behind the shipment in Cavite, is also our guy,” he said.
The senator added that the DFA must order the Philippine Embassies in Hanoi, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to contact shipper companies which transport magnetic lifters to the county to further investigate the shipments with illegal drugs.
Gordon asked for the name and contact details of the person or company who placed the order for the magnetic lifters. He also wanted embassy officials to find the names and contact details of the persons or companies who have booked and paid for the shipments.
Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee began an independent probe on the smuggling of illegal drugs after 355 kilos of shabu were found inside two magnetic lifters at the MICT on Aug. 7.
On Aug. 13, traces from a shipment of shabu valued at P6.8 billion were found by the PDEA from four magnetic lifters abandoned inside a warehouse in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite. /muf
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