Philippines summons Chinese envoy over drug trafficking from China

A member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) investigation unit shows confiscated methamphetamine, known locally as Shabu, along with Philippines pesos seized from suspected drug pushers during an operation by the police in Quiapo city, metro Manila, Philippines July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) investigation unit shows confiscated methamphetamine, known locally as Shabu, along with Philippines pesos seized from suspected drug pushers during an operation by the police in Quiapo city, metro Manila, Philippines July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The Philippines government said on Wednesday it had summoned the Chinese ambassador earlier this week to explain reports that traffickers were bringing in narcotics from China, opening a new front in President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs.
On Tuesday, the country’s police chief told a Senate hearing that China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were major sources of illegal drugs, and Chinese triads were involved in trafficking.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the Chinese ambassador had been summoned for an explanation, and the government would also send a diplomatic communication to Beijing to “pursue this in a more aggressive note.”

Speaking to Reuters, Yasay recounted his exchange with the envoy.

“(The ambassador) said that this is not true and I told him these reports are based on intelligence information, they have been validated so far as we are concerned, so I wanted a clarification from him,” Yasay said.

More than 1,900 people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign since Duterte, nicknamed “the Punisher”, came to office seven weeks ago, according to the police, and nearly 700,000 drug users and drug peddlers have turned themselves in to escape the crackdown.

Speaking at a military base outside Manila on Wednesday, Duterte said China has offered to build rehabilitation centers for drug addicts in military camps and has invited the Philippine police chief to visit Beijing to see what equipment Chinese police use to fight drugs.

China imposes capital punishment on drug offences.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Manolo Serapio Jr.; Writing by Karen Lema; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Source: Reuters “Philippines summons Chinese envoy over drug trafficking from China”

Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


3 Comments on “Philippines summons Chinese envoy over drug trafficking from China”

  1. Sentinel says:


    Perfecto Yasay has got an overblown ego : Imagine a little pipsqueak foreign government chappie “summoning” Chinese ambassador to explain Filipino’s police reports of drugs and narcotics being smuggled into the Philippines from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    Yes, that kind of behaviour is, without question, over the head. Imagine “Al Capone” obama hearing his ambassador in the Philippines summoned by Perfecto Yasay in Manila. Stupid Perfecto. Does he not know “Godfather” obama does not tolerate this kind of disrespectful behaviour and will accordingly teach Yasay a lesson. he does NOT allow pipsqueak people and nations to make him or Washington or Amerika look bad. He IS a vengeful fella. Do not be surprised the CIA or the political establishment in Washington, or some loyal potitical vassal will say or leak some information – o matter true or outright false – to emabarass Perfecto to make him look bad if not small publicly.

    Yasay has yet to learn his words ad actions and consequences and what President Xi will do to teach this upstart a lesson and put him in his place. President Xi has learnt that being a nice guy doesn’t get one anywhere and that firm counter-responses will be levied against disrespectful, defiant, and defamatory individuals going overboard playing smear politics to make President Xi and China look bad. Such heartless responses will henceforth, make such individuals think twice in future about trying to embarass, smear and slander the Chinese; They must learn to fear a Xi Administration which is prepared to grab them by their b*lls, squeeze it till they cry “mama”. Delivering the bloodied head of their favourite horse onto their bed should not be unexpected.

    In anycase, stupid Perfecto should realize by now, Beijing has a very strict law against the drug trade : You get hanged if not shot with a bullet to the back of your neck if you are caught smuggling or pushing drugs. It does not matter what national you are. British nationals were executed summarily despite appeals from the British government. Let’s hope no Filipino nationals get caught by the Chinese government. If they have, Beijing should make their executive public for the world and for Perfecto Yasay in particular, to note.

    Imagine a dumbwit trying to teach grandmother how to suck eggs.


  2. johnleecan says:

    Majority of drugs entering the Philippines are most probably by USA military. Afghanistan opium production increased more than 1500% after USA invaded Afghanistan. USA military has no restrictions when entering Philippines. Drug trade is how America finance its military from its bankrupt government.


  3. Steve says:

    This Duterte is just acting tough by summoning China’s diplomat. There should be other illegal entries from countries supplying drugs that has not being reported. The Western democratic powers has remained almost silent with the crackdown and killings of almost 2,000 Filipinos.

    I suppose Duterte is upholding the rule of law as opposed to human rights. The PH police chief should be delighted with China’s invitation to learn latest techniques to fight against drugs. Imagine, free tuition, accommodation, lunch, dinner and his entourage getting first glimpse of China’s modernisation and infrastructures.


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