• First big-time Chinese drug lord killed in Valenzuela City

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    Law enforcers shot and killed suspected drug lord Meco Tan in an encounter in Valenzuela before dawn Friday and arrested four  unnamed Chinese nationals (sitting left-right) at the Henson Plastic factory warehouse on Pinagbayanan Street, Brgy. Ligunan in Valenzuela City. Authorities said Tan is the first Chinese drug lord killed under the Duterte administration. Photo by: RUY L. MARTINEZ

    Law enforcers shot and killed suspected drug lord Meco Tan in an encounter in Valenzuela before dawn Friday and arrested four unnamed Chinese nationals (sitting left-right) at the Henson Plastic factory warehouse on Pinagbayanan Street, Brgy. Ligunan in Valenzuela City. Authorities said Tan is the first Chinese drug lord killed under the Duterte administration. Photo by: RUY L. MARTINEZ

    The Duterte administration’s anti-drug war has killed its first big-time Chinese drug lord.

    Meco Tan was shot to death by combined personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Special Enforcement Services (PDEA-SES) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) at 4:10 a.m. on Thursday, on T. Santiago Street near Willex Compound in Brgy. Lingunan, Valenzuela City.

    Ismael Fajardo Jr., officer of PDEA-SES, said Tan was killed after he fired shots at authorities while trying to escape.

    Tan sustained several gunshot wounds in the body.

    Fajardo said Tan would not have been killed if he did not fire shots at the PDEA-SES and PNP men.

    The PDEA-SES and PNP operatives were on their way to the Willex Compound on Pinagbayanan Street to serve the search warrant issued by the court.

    Upon seeing the authorities going toward Willex Compound, Tan quickly boarded his car and fled along T. Santiago Street, Fajardo said.

    Tan opened fire at the authorities, prompting the latter to fire at him, which resulted in his death, Fajardo added.

    After this, the PDEA-SES and the PNP said seven Chinese nationals, consisting of four men and three women, and a Filipina were arrested.

    Police said they read the Miranda rights to the suspects before they were arrested.

    They will be investigated for their possible connections with Tan’s drug syndicate.

    Authorities also confiscated several sacks of chemicals and equipment allegedly being used to manufacture shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride).

    The PNP chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, said Tan was the first big-time Chinese drug lord killed in the anti-drug operation of the Duterte administration.

    De la Rosa hinted that more Chinese drug lords would die if they tried to put up a fight against authorities.

    Glenn Mapalad, PDEA public affairs office chief, said intelligence reports showed that in 2003 Tan operated a shabu laboratory in Naic, Cavite, where 600 kilograms of shabu were seized.

    Mapalad said Tan was also involved in the operation of a shabu laboratory at Scout Chuatoco, Quezon City, where 70 kilograms of shabu and 3,500 kilograms of ephedrine had been confiscated.

     

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    4 Comments

    1. I’m happy that we have a president that is very firm in eradication of drug syndicate , pusher and user. We are all very surprise that the drug menace has already been very deeply embedded is our country. Just hope that those manufacturer and pusher be meted death penalty so as to stop them from harming more individual and family. We salute our president for this . Sana huwag tumigil Ito . Tuloy tuloy ang pagsugpo sa mga criminal na Ito .

    2. What about the big time Filipino citizen drug lords and protectors from the streets up to the house of congress?

    3. Rogelito P. Subida on

      Who is the root cause of massive production of shabu and other illegal drugs that’s killing our young citizens and our society in the Philippines? The Chinese Drug lords. They must be killed and eradicated from our country. Similar to China who has no respect for rule of international law or other countries territorial rights, these Chinese Drug lords have no respect for the Filipino or Filipino lives they are destroying but only care for gain and money.

      • The problem is deeper than that. The Chinese (and other nationalities) are taking advantage of Filipino failings, namely regionally lax drug laws and police and politicians that are easily corruptible. The drug industry is global and the Philippines has been a very attractive and low risk place to do business, until very recently.