General Bato dela Rosa: Most illegal drugs in PHL come from China
Most of the illegal drugs and raw materials used for the manufacture of the forbidden substance are from China, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said Thursday.
“I cannot quantify, but mostly ay nanggagaling sa kanila (China). Kung magbaback tracking ka sa lahat ng kaso, halos lahat doon galing sa kanila,” Dela Rosa told reporters at a press conference after attending the Senate hearing on government efforts against illegal drugs.
“May nag-claim na galing sa Hong Kong, galing sa Taiwan, pero actually idinaan lang sa Taiwan, pero galing sa Mainland (China) yan. O kaya galing sa mainland, idinaan sa Hong Kong, dinala dito sa atin. Pero, kung ma-trace mo talaga, babalik at babalik doon sa kanila,” he added. He said that he cannot remember of an illegal drug shipment they uncovered that is not from China.
“Hindi ako makabigay ng statistics, but sinasabi ko, most, so far wala pa tayong na-uncover ngayon na hindi galing sa kanila. Halos lahat ng nahuli natin puro galing sa kanila. Finished products or raw materials, lahat galing sa kanila,” he said. He added that at present, drug lords are Chinese nationals.
“Sino ba ang nagko-control sa drug trade sa Pilipinas? Mga drug lord na nasa loob ng Bilibid, eh sino ba ang mga taong yan, karamihan ay Intsik,” he said. Dela Rosa said he will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to clarify with the Chinese President the truth behind the trafficking of illegal drugs. “Makipag-prangkahan siya doon sa president ng China (kung) what is really the score, if I have my way. Pero, sinabi naman talaga n’ya (Duterte) dati na “I have to ask why palaging galing sa China, siguro tatanungin niya ang ambassador dito o Presidente, kung magkakapag-communicate sila,” he said. “Para magkaalaman na, talaga bang sponsored nyo ito para kapag nabuwang na ang lahat ng Filipino, pag-atake nyo, wala na kayong kalaban dahil sira ulo na ang lahat ng Filipino,” he added.
In July, China said it is willing to cooperate with the Philippines in its campaign against illegal drugs. Also last month, Duterte himself said he would raise the issue of illegal drugs with China following the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal drug trade.
Dela Rosa, however, refused to say that the entry of illegal drugs in the Philippines was state-sponsored or intentionally done by the Chinese government. “Very tedious ang process na yan. Paano natin mapapaamin ang mga Intsik dyan, sasabihin na ‘sir ipinadala ako ni governor o general ng China upang magdistribute ng shabu.’ Wala namang revelation na ganoon. Wala namang umamin na ganoon, speculations and theories lang iyon na nabubuo ng mga wild thinkers,” he said.
In a separate interview, Senator Richard Gordon said the Philippines should appeal to China to check their customs, airports, freeports and inspect their people whether they are bringing in drugs or sending drugs here in the country or whether they are exporting drug materials to the country.
“I’m not going to accuse China of state-sponsored (trafficking of illegal drugs), I just said this is dangerous, there could be national security concerns here,” he said.
“They could be invading us with drugs so ang sinabi ko let them know that many of the illegal drugs here are coming from their country and they should take the necessary measures to safeguard that none of their drug problems are exported here in our country,” he added.