Philippine authorities have nabbed two Chinese nationals believed to be members of a transnational drug syndicate during a buy-bust operation in Pasay City, near the capital Manila, before midnight of 10 February, according to the Manila Bulletin.
Arrested were Chinese citizen Carlos Ang and Hong Kong national Li Wia Bin who were both temporarily checked-in at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay City.
An estimated one kilo of white powdery substance thought to be cocaine [approx. street value of PhP5 million (US$115,000)] was recovered from the suspects during an undercover drug operation near Resort World Maxim Hotel in the City of Pasay.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. said the 49-year-old Ang was under close monitoring by the US and Philippine authorities for drug-related activities.
On the other hand, 39-year-old Li was said to be a drug mule who is connected with an international drug ring that operates in the Philippines.
Author's note: It will be interesting to monitor how the Philippine authorities will handle this case, which frequently disappoints the public. The law should equally apply to all drug offenders, whether they are locals or foreigners. Currently, the Philippines has seen that China acts swiftly and equally against drug violators. Three Filipinos will face death throw in China next week and a lawmaker from an influential clan who pleaded guilty to drug offences will soon face the verdict in Hong Kong.
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