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9 linked to importation of illegal drugs charged

By: Rey Panaligan

Criminal charges for importation of illegal drugs were filed yesterday against businessman Dong Yi Shen, alias “Kenneth Dong,” and eight other persons in connection with the shipment of about R6.4 billion worth of shabu from China last May.

The charges were filed with the Department of Justice by the Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Also charged under Section 4 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) are Taiwanese nationals Chen Min and Jhu Ming Jyun; Chinese nationals Chen Ju Long, alias “Richard Tan” or “Richard Chen,” chairman of general manager of Philippine Hongfei Logistics Group of Companies Inc., and Li Guang Feng, alias “Manny Li;” customs brokers Mark Ruben Taguba II and Teejay Marcellana; Fidel Anoche Dee; and Eirene Mae Agustino Tatad, the sole proprietor of EMT Trading which was identified as the consignee of the shabu shipment that was declared as general merchandise.

Aside from violations of RA 9165, violations of Republic Act No. 9280 or the Customs Brokers Act of 2004 were also filed against Li, Dong, and Taguba.

All the respondents in the NBI complaint, except for Marcellana and Tatad, have been issued an immigration look-out bulletin on orders of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.