PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa brought home more than 100 boxes of equipment from China to help the police force in its intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
De la Rosa, who accompanied President Rodrigo Duterte when he visited China last week, said the Chinese government donated equipment to the PNP.
“We came home with a lot of equipment. We have 115 boxes of equipment for our war on drugs,” de la Rosa told reporters.
However, he declined to give more details.
“I won’t tell you anymore to keep the information safe from our enemies. That way, the drug lords will be taken by surprise,” he said in a press briefing.
The PNP chief added that China will be sending to the country some of its police commanders and anti-narcotics officers from Fujian Province to discuss the cross-border smuggling of drugs from Fujian to Isabela province in the northern region of the Philippines.
Last Sunday, two Chinese nationals from Fujian province were killed by the police when it raided a shabu (metamphetamine hydrochloride) laboratory in Isabela.
“Those we catch here, like the ones killed in Isabela, one of whom, we have not identified, came from Fujian province. Fujian province is closer to us, so this is a good cooperation,” de la Rosa said.
China, he added, will not only provide anti-drug equipment to the Philippine police but will also sponsor training and intelligence exchange to stop the entry of chemicals used to produce shabu in the country.