The authorities is being made to invoke to China the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) on felony issues to allow authorities receive related info and paperwork on the shipment of P6.Four-billion value of shabu.
Sen. Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chair, has sought out Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III in requesting the Department of Justice (DOJ) for correct illustration for help in securing wanted info from the Chinese authorities.
“The blue ribbon committee would like to avail itself of this Treaty to be able to obtain relevant information and documents from the Chinese authorities who investigated this shipment of illegal drugs to the Philippines referred to by Mr. Chen and the reported apprehension by Chinese authorities of certain persons involved in the said shipment. We are looking at many issues and seek answers to questions,” the senator mentioned.
“We would deeply appreciate it if your good office could write the DOJ for the appropriate representation for assistance,” Gordon added in his letter to Pimentel dated Aug. 14.
Gordon was referring to Chen Ju Long alias Richard Tan or Richard Chen who instructed the committee in a listening to final Aug. 9 that he obtained a name from the Xiamen Customs Police in regards to the mentioned shipment carrying unlawful medication.
Chen acted as one of many “middlemen” in the mentioned shipment.
Gordon’s committee desires to discover out, amongst many others, why the Chinese anti-drug authorities alerted Chen in regards to the presence of greater than half a ton of medication delivered to a warehouse in Valenzuela City and never the Philippine authorities.
The mentioned treaty gives, amongst others, mutual help in investigation and prosecution of felony offenses in proceedings associated to felony issues.
The mentioned request for help is coursed by way of the DOJ.