PHL Senate Finds Chinese Businessmen in Contempt

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine Senate found two Chinese businessmen in contempt for being evasive in their testimony about ₱6.4 billion of shabu or meth.

Richard Tan, also known as Chen Ju Long, and Manny Li answered Senate questions Aug. 9 after Philippine customs officials discovered 604 kilos of shabu in 5 containers that Tan’s company transported.

Tan reportedly learned about the existence of the drugs when a Chinese customs official alerted him in May. Tan then informed the Bureau of Customs.

Li allegedly translated the Chinese packing list to English, removing information about the containers.

According to the Manila Bulletin, Senator Panfilo Lacson said, “While under detention … you should be very careful … the act of importing dangerous drugs, itself, is a criminal offense.”

Tan also filed an affidavit saying he feared for his life from the Chinese Triad mafia and asked for protective custody.