3 Taiwanese arrested in the Philippines on drug charges

Manila--Three Taiwanese and one Chinese have been arrested in the central Philippines for illegally possessing dangerous drugs, according to a report released by Filipino police on Sunday.

Police in Kalibo in Aklan province said the three Taiwanese surnamed Hu, aged 30, Sun, 39, and Wang, 29, and one Chinese were taken into custody on Saturday after a warrant was issued for their arrest.

They were wanted for suspicion of violating Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and are being detained in Kalibo prison.

It has been recommended that the four suspects be released on 200,000 peso (US$3,962) bail, according to the police report.

The police report did not specify what drugs the suspects are suspected of possessing, but according to the law, anyone in possession of 10 grams of amphetamines, opium, morphine, or heroin, can be sentenced to life imprisonment and fined heavily.

The three Taiwanese suspects were previously implicated in another case in the Philippines. They were among 17 Taiwanese arrested in a police operation on the island of Boracay, which is not far from the city of Kalibo, on Aug. 22, 2016.

Police at the time posed as buyers and arrested a Taiwanese attempting to sell amphetamine.

When police went to his residence, they came across telephones, computers and a list of potential fraud victims. Sixteen Taiwanese and eight Chinese in the house were also arrested.

According to a statement from Taiwan's representative office in Manila at the time, the 17 Taiwanese claimed they went to Boracay for a working holiday, but further investigation found that 15 of them had previously been convicted of murder, drug running, robbery, forgery and obstruction of official duties.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel