PDEA refutes Robredo on China as main source of illegal drugs in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino debunked the reports received by Vice President Leni Robredo that China is the top source of illegal drugs in the country.

Aquino, who also serves as Robredo's co-chair in the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), said the supply of methamphetamine or shabu comes from the Golden Triangle region. 

"The main source of course depends on the illegal drugs. Meth or shabu in the past are mostly coming from China, but not now most are coming from the Golden Triangle region which borders Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar," he said in a text message to CNN Philippines on Friday.

In March, high-grade shabu worth around ₱1.13 billion pesos was seized in a house in posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City. The illegal drugs were confiscated from four Chinese nationals who are suspected members of the Golden Triangle syndicate, PDEA said. The said syndicate was also allegedly the source of the thousands of cocaine blocks that ended up on local shores in February.

Robredo on Thursday said that she has received reports that the illegal drugs that enter the country are from China. She added that most of the big-time drug suspects are either Chinese nationals or from the Filipino-Chinese community, saying the issue needs to be looked into.

Aquino added that the supply of cocaine in the country is mainly coming from Colombia and Peru, while ecstasy tablets are mostly coming from Netherlands and other European countries.