A senator has accused China of waging an opium warfare by “turning a blind eye” toward drug smuggling into the Philippines.
Senator J V Ejercito stated: “I think that China is popping a blind eye on this drawback on objective.
“It’s just like the Opium War within the 18th Century, the place Chinese battled the unlawful opium shipments to China by overseas merchants, largely British.
“The situation at present is quite parallel. Only that some Chinese are possibly the major source and instigators of drug shipments to the Philippines.”
Senator Ejercito stated the federal government ought to work extra carefully with the Chinese authorities — assuming the latter had been actually honest.
“If they’re really a sincere ally, they can put a stop to the shipments of illegal drugs to the Philippines. Thereby nipping in the bud of our problem,” he stated.
Victims of opium warfare
In May, a cargo of shabu [meth] from China, which was price 6.four billion pesos, slipped previous the Bureau of Customs.
This prompted Congress to carry a quantity of inquiries into the massive cargo, the biggest quantity of medicine delivered to the nation beneath the Duterte administration. During the newest hearings, proof has been offered that the president’s son Paolo was concerned within the smuggling.
Senator Ejercito urged the federal government to shift its drug warfare focus and goal criminals bringing medicine into the nation.
“The campaign against illegal drugs should shift high gear by focusing on the sourced drug shipments — whether in raw or finished product forms — which from all indications come from China, and intercept them before reaching our shores,” he stated.
He added that the drug warfare shouldn’t be confined to the streets, by killing small-time sellers and customers.
“This strategy will only pile up body bags,” he stated. “I’m hoping to see “big fish” being led to jail in handcuffs.”