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DoJ asks court to reverse ruling on shabu smuggling ‘players’

With one of the primary suspects trying to flee the country, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday called on a Valenzuela court to reverse its decision junking the charges filed against those tagged in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling.

The Justice chief, at a media briefing in Malacañang, pointed out that dismissal of the cases undermines the pieces of evidence gathered against the suspects in the narcotics trafficking mess.

Among those charged were self-confessed Customs fixer Mark Taguba II, Customs broker Teejay Marcellana, Chinese Chen Julong (alias Richard Tan or Richard Chen), Li Guang Feng (alias Manny Li) and Dong Yi Shen (alias Kenneth Dong).

“Because of the dismissal, then it is as if there was no information yet filed against the respondents, specifically, against Mr. Taguba, Kenneth Dong, Richard Chen,” Aguirre said.

According to the Justice secretary, he has received information that Chen had twice attempted to flee the country through an unnamed international airport outside Manila.
“We have received information, in fact… reliable information that (Chen is) trying to get out of the country. But he was timely prevented by the issuance of the (Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order),” Aguirre stressed.
He said he was told that a person “connected with the BI” had tried to help Chen leave the country by bribing an Immigration supervisor.
“He was not successful because our (Immigration supervisor) officers rejected the bribe being offered,” the Justice secretary added.
Aguirre said they have no information on Chen’s whereabouts.
“We (do not) know if he will be still persistent in trying to leave the country through some other means, or with help of some people. So we even don’t know if he is still here in the Philippines,” he said.
“But there’s no information from the Bureau of Immigration that he left the country already so the presumption is still, he’s still here.”
Chen was among the respondents facing criminal charges in connection with the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
On May 26, agents of the BoC and National Bureau of Investigation discovered over six kilos of shabu when they raided Chen’s warehouse in Valenzuela City.


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