Manila, Philippine police arrested four people, including three Taiwanese, on suspicion of smuggling drugs and ingredients early Tuesday in a joint effort with the Taiwanese authorities.
Based on information provided by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB), a team affiliated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under the Philippine National Police inspected a fishing boat in a village in Quezon Province's Infanta Town, about 138 kilometers east of Manila, and found several bags of chemicals used in the production of amphetamines, according to Philippine police.
Three men and a woman were arrested and drug enforcement authorities also recovered finished amphetamines, according to police.
The authorities from both countries had monitored the case for several months before MJIB liaison officers in the Philippines joined the effort.
Initial information showed that two of the three Taiwanese suspects are from Taiwan's southernmost county of Pingtung, while the other woman is a Filipina, according to police.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the Taiwan-based Bamboo Union gang of being a major source of illegal drugs smuggled into the Philippines.
In the most recent instance, at a press conference in Davao three days ago, the gang was again referred to by Duterte as the major supplier of illegal drugs in the country.
However, Taiwan's representative office in the Philippines has consistently issued statements saying that "Taiwan has never been a source of illegal drugs entering the Philippines. Rather, Taiwan is the best partner for the Philippines to jointly combat against drug smuggling."
On Aug. 24, Manila police arrested a Taiwanese man after ammunition, amphetamines and drug materials were found in his residence.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel