Olongapo court metes life term to drug syndicate leader, 5 others
MANILA, Philippines – The Olongapo Regional Trial Court on Friday, September 9, sentenced to life syndicate members of a drug syndicate led by a Filiipino-Chinese with reported links to Chinese drug syndicates.
Judge Raymond C. Viray of the Olongapo Regional Trial Court Branch 75 found Albert Sijuela Chin and Romeo Soriano Manalo guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Both were given life sentences and ordered to pay a P1-million fine and the cost of the suit.
The Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) nabbed Chin's group in 2013 in Zambales for possesion of 434 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride, known locally as shabu, which is believed to be smuggled in from China.
Chin, a Filipino-Chinese based in General Santos City but residing in Cavite, is married to a former domestic helper in Hong Kong who is suspected to be Chin's conduit in the Hong Kong Triad.
Chin allegedly maintains a group of Filipino workers, including mariners, ship crews, and warehouse and delivery men.
Chin maintained a network of both local and international drug traffickers, and was pinpointed as the handler of two Filipino drug mules who were arrested in Lima, Peru, for attempting to bring 17 kilos of cocaine into that country.
The same court also meted life terms and the same penalties to 4 others for violating RA 9165 – Joselito Sanches, Coronel Disierto, Emmanuel Erwin Tobias, and Dennis Domingo. – Rappler.com