The Chinese executed last week a Filipino woman found guilty of drug smuggling, the fifth of our countrymen to suffer such a fate.
In this country the police conspires with, and provides protection to, Chinese drug syndicates. At least that’s what Agent Jonathan Morales of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) claimed in interviews with media organizations.
The Chinese authorities must be doubling up in laughter at the information.
Mr. Morales stated that his bosses were being selective in identifying drug lords for surveillance and arrest. He stopped short of saying that the higher-ups have ordered that a certain Chinese drug syndicate, the biggest of them all, is not to be touched despite the lives it destroys in this country.
Is PDEA so inefficient and the people running it so incompetent that they cannot get their act together? That is the best you can think of with regard to that agency. The worst can only be contemplated with disgust, that the very agency given the mandate to rid the country of this blight is responsible for its spread.
One day, when we become a narco-state—and we’re not too far away from that—we will know it is PDEA that sets the stage for our damnation.
For his part, PDEA Director-General Arturo Cacdac dismissed the charge and, turning the tables on his accuser, said Morales had failed to rid Barangay Pinyahan of drugs as he was ordered.
If the directive was really issued, the job would have consisted of running after tricycle drivers, vendors, and panhandlers, who can only afford a hundred worth of shabu at a time, and a number of individuals have to share it.
That gave credence to the charge that PDEA, under its current leaders, is leaving big Chinese syndicates alone.
He didn’t say it outright, but Morales suggested as much, that the arrest of small-time dealers, with attendant media hype, is done to divert attention from police complicity with criminals.
Information chief Derrick Carreon announced PDEA operatives had arrested four drug dealers in a Quezon City mall. The amount of drug confiscated came up to, hold your breath, 150 grams of shabu in three transparent plastic sachets, and its worth, inflated we believe, is a whopping P750,000.
In sachets? Good heavens! They transport drugs by the truckloads, well, okay, in vans. That was a few years ago, and seven Chinese nationals were arrested. It is said that the contraband was worth P500 millions or so.
Mr. Morales claims that a female Chinese drug lord makes P70 billion trafficking methamphetamine hydrochloride, with commercial banks used as haven to hide the money, and the Anti-Money-Laundering Council, by complicity or through incompetence, allowed it. The woman, he added, subsequently withdrew the money, probably tipped off by a bank insider of an impending move to freeze the account.
Now that is something Filipinos in China won’t be able to pull off, or any foreigner for that matter.
The trouble is, we focus on the small players. In the meantime the Chinese syndicates continue their operation with impunity—syndicates that, according to a study conducted by the Interpol, are responsible for the manufacture and distribution of P17 billion of shabu every month in this country.