Philippine News Agency – Three Chinese nationals have been sentenced to life imprisonment for being proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt of operating a clandestine methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu laboratory in Parañaque City, a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) official said Tuesday.
In a statement, PDEA Director General Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. lauded Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 259 Judge Danilo V. Suarez for the conviction of Chu Kin Tung, alias “Tony Lim/Ah Tung,” 39, a Hong Kong national; Wong Meng Pin, alias Chua, 47, a Macau national; and Li A Ging, alias Lee Ah Ching, 29, a Chinese national, for violation of Section 8 (Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The court ordered them to pay a fine of P10 million each.
“I am very pleased with the decision of Judge Suarez for ensuring that justice is promptly served. Also, congratulations are in order to the operating team of PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) then led by SSupt Ismael Fajardo Jr. (Ret.), who recently joined PDEA and former AIDSOTF Police Director Jefferson Soriano, now Mayor of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, who conducted the search, paving the way to the discovery of the shabu lab,” Cacdac said.
The Chinese nationals were arrested by PNP-AIDSOTF operatives on Jan. 29, 2010 during the implementation of two search warrants in No. 144 Concha Cruz Drive, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Seized during the operation were an undetermined volume of shabu, various equipment and apparatus used in the manufacture of shabu, one Glock pistol with suppressor and a hand grenade.
Two co-accused in the case, identified as Robin Bayubay Co and Xiu Xiu, remain at large and have not yet been arraigned.
“This is another victory scored by the national anti-drug campaign against high-profile foreign drug personalities who operate clandestine shabu laboratories in the country,” Cacdac said. (PNA) SCS/CLTC