MANILA, Philippines—Four Chinese drug traffickers were killed in an anti-illegal drug operations in Zambales, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported.
On Tuesday (September 7), the government’s intelligence and anti-narcotics operatives led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized some P3.4 billion worth of methamphetamine in Candelaria, Zambales.
The PNP said the four drug traffickers engaged the government operatives in a gun battle in a failed attempt to escape.
The Chinese nationals were identified as Gao Manzhu, 49; Hong Jianshe, 58; Eddie Tan, 60; all from Fujian, China; and, Xu Youha,50, from Quezon City. Seized from them were 500 kilograms of shabu with an estimated standard price of P3.4 billion. The confiscated shabu was the biggest drug haul for this year so far.
On Tuesday, government anti-narcotics operatives were able to negotiate for the purchase of a kilo of shabu from the group of Xu which resulted in the operation that eventually led to his death and of his three other companions.
PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the individuals were known distributors of illegal drugs in Luzon, particularly in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Region 4.
Xu, alias Taba, was tagged as one of the key players of illegal drugs activities in the country and according to PDEA Deputy Director General for Operations Gregorio Pimentel, he was last monitored talking to a contact abroad.
Meanwhile, a hot pursuit operation has been set up to capture more members of the syndicate. Eleazar said, he had already deployed helicopters and speedboats of the PNP to assist in the conduct of pursuit operation against the vessel which transported the confiscated illegal drugs to the coastal waters of Zambales.
“This operation was a result of the whole-of-government approach in our campaign against illegal drugs. Our coordination and cooperation with other government agencies, particularly with the PDEA, is now stronger than before so we are confident that this will be our strong point in our successful campaign to put an end to the threats of illegal drugs in the country,” he said. AAC