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Owner of warehouse in shabu shipment moves to dismiss case

/ 03:55 PM December 01, 2017
Richard Chen, aka Richard Tan INQUIRER file photo / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Richard Chen, aka Richard Tan INQUIRER file photo / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The owner of the warehouse, where the P6.4-billion worth of shabu was found, has asked the Valenzuela City regional trial court (RTC) to dismiss the case filed against him.

In his five page urgent omnibus motion, Richard Tan or Chen Ju Long asked the Valenzuela RTC Branch 171 to defer the issuance of an arrest warrant pending the resolution of his bid to dismiss the case for violation of Section 4 (importation of dangerous drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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Tan’s motion stated that the Valenzuela court has no jurisdiction over the case filed because under the law, “the place where the crime was committed determines not only venue of the action but is an essential element of jurisdiction.”

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In this particular case, the motion pointed out that the proper court is Manila.

Tan, in his motion, reasoned out that Under Section 1202 of the Tariff and Customs Code importation begins when the carrying vessel or aircraft enters the Philippine jurisdiction and ends upon payment of the duties, taxes and other charges at the port of entry. In this case, the port of entry was Manila.

“Verily, considering that the alleged importation of dangerous drugs charged in the assailed Information (charge sheet) began and was terminated in the Port of Manila, jurisdiction cannot be acquired by this Honorable Court,” the motion stated.

“In light of the foregoing circumstances, the accused respectfully moves for this Honorable Court to quash (dismiss) the assailed Information for lack of jurisdiction,” the motion further read.

Tan, on Thursday, was prevented by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from leaving the country. He was intercepted at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga where he was set to take a flight bound for Shanghai, China.

Tan who is the owner of Hongfei Logistics Inc. whose warehouse in Valenzuela City was found to have kept the shabu that slipped past the Bureau of Customs was among those indicted by the DOJ before the Valenzuela RTC for violation of Section 4 (importation of dangerous drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. Also charged were Customs fixer Mark Ruben Taguba II, Li Guang Feng alias Manny Li, Dong Yi Shen Xi alias Kenneth Dong, Eirene Mae Tatad, Customs broker Tee Jay Marcellana, Chen I. Min, Jhu Ming Jhun and Chen Ronghuan. /jpv

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