MANILA, Aug 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will try to dig deeper into the entry of 605 kilos of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) valued at P6.4 billion into the country in May, with the Senate leadership to formally ask China for more information on the arrest of several Chinese linked to shabu smuggling from Xiamen, China.
Senator Richard J. Gordon, committee chairman, said he would ask Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to send the letter to China, probably through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in accordance with agreements between the Philippines and China.
A Chinese official had earlier assured the Philippine government that his government would try to help in preventing the export of shabu to the Philippines where President Rodrigo Duterte has been carrying on an anti-drugs campaign since assuming office last July, 2016.
The committee will resume on Tuesday its public hearing on the huge shabu smuggling incident, focusing on the alleged corruption and incompetence at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), he said.
Gordon said the committee will seek to determine why and who among the Customs personnel allowed the shipment to be given preferential treatment by assigning it to the green lane instead of the red lane.
Under a standing Customs circular, all shipments from China are supposed to undergo strict inspection in the red lane.
What assurance can customs bureau leadership give that future shipments will be inspected thoroughly by honest and dedicated personnel so that illegal or dangerous drugs do not flow into the country, he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK