September 28, 2017
TAIWAN DENIES, CHINA ADMITS, LORENZANA CLUELESS WHILE LACSON SCOFFS AT DUTERTE BAMBOO TRIAD INFO
The latest on President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs …
- Taiwan denies that its nationals are involved in illegal drug trade
- Chinese embassy admits its nationals may be involved in illegal drug trade
- Philippines Defense Secretary has no clue on Duterte’s source of info on Taiwan drug triad
- Senator Ping Lacson corrects Duterte info via Twitter
DUTERTE INFO ON TAIWAN DRUG TRIAD DENIED BY TAIWAN
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Taiwan on Wednesday denied the allegations of President Rodrigo Duterte that the Philippines is being used by a Taiwanese triad for the transshipment of narcotics to the United States.
“Taiwan had never been the source of illegal drugs entering the country,” the TECO said in a statement.
CHINESE EMBASSY ADMITS INVOLVEMENT OF SOME CHINESE NATIONALS IN DRUG TRADE
The Chinese Embassy, on the other hand, admitted that some of their nationals may be involved in the trade of illegal drugs in the Philippines but clarified that the policy of its government had been consistently firm that it will not protect nor tolerate such criminals.Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said, “We do not know much about the syndicates or the drug rings that are operating in the Philippines. China will not protect its nationals who have committed crimes in the Philippines. They need to be punished in accordance with Filipino law.”
DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS NO CLUE HOW DUTERTE GOT TAIWAN TRIAD INFO
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed Wednesday that he is unaware of President Rodrigo Duterte’s source of information when he alleged that the Philippines is being used by a Taiwanese drug triad for transshipment of narcotics destined for the American market.
Asked if the President’s accusation against the Taiwanese had already been verified by the country’s intelligence services, Lorenzana said that he was not “privy” to the information and that he only heard of such information for the first time when the President announced it in public.
Lorenzana clarified, though, that inquiries should be made to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or the Dangerous Drugs Board and not to the Department of Defense.
PING LACSON CORRECTS DUTERTE INFO
Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, took to Twitter to correct President Duterte’s information. In a tweet, he said, “Oops… There is no Bamboo Triad. It’s either Bamboo Gang of Taiwan or the Hong Kong Traid, also known as 14K.”
Ooops… There is no Bamboo Triad. It’s either Bamboo Gang of Taiwan or the Hong Kong Triad, also known as 14K.
— PING LACSON (@iampinglacson) September 26, 2017
Duterte’s expose on Tuesday, made at the 56th anniversary of the Philippine Constitution Association, called the alleged Taiwanese drug lords “the Bamboo Triad”. He was quoted as saying, “The Philippines today is a client state of the Bamboo Triad. They have taken over the operations of, sad to say, the Chinese. But I do not mean the country and people, in a sense, that most of them are really into this kind of business,” Mr. Duterte said.
Duterte continued the expose on Tuesday evening in a speech at the 120th anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he said the 14K and Bamboo triads are now running the drug trade in the Philippines.
“Itong drugs ngayon is being operated by the 14K, Bamboo triad. They have taken over. They are cooking the shabu in the high seas. Tapos itatapon [sa dagat]. Kita mo sa Region 1, maraming mga bins na empty, may Chinese character. It’s actually Taiwan and lahat na,” Duterte said.
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