Four of the 25 Chinese nationals and a Filipino arrested during a drug raid at the Bayview Towers in ParañaqueCity on Wednesday evening, January 4, 2017, walk out of their hotel to waiting police vehicles.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has vowed to tighten its monitoring of foreign nationals in 2017 after it apprehended 112 foreigners for drug-related charges in 2016.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said in a statement that the foreigners were "found to be greatly involved in the spread of illegal drugs in the country" and were arrested for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
"Foreign nationals arrested for drug-related offenses nationwide more than doubled to 79 six months into the government's war against drugs. During the first semester of 2016, 33 foreigners were already nabbed," Lapeña said.
Chinese nationals topped the list of perpetrators as police apprehended 44 last year. Taiwanese nationals followed with 29, Hong Kongese and Koreans with 7 each, and other Asians, Americans, Europeans and African nationals compromise the 25 others.
According to the PDEA, a total of 473 foreign nationals were arrested for drug-related charges from 2010 to 2016: 112 in 2016, 38 in 2015, 67 in 2014, 77 in 2013, 65 in 2012, 45 in 2011 and 69 in 2010.
"Out of the foreigners arrested in the last seven years, 227 or 48 percent were Chinese nationals. They were either pushers, possessors, couriers, manufacturers, and financiers," Lapeña noted.
PDEA and the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China (PRC) have signed a "Protocol On Cooperation" on October 20, 2016 in Beijing.
The protocol was signed to address drug crimes between the Philippines and China and will be effective for five years.
via: GMA News