Duterte: PH is 'client state' of 14K, Bam­boo tri­ads

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has re­vealed that the Philip­pines has turned into a “client state” of tri­ads based in Hong Kong and Tai­wan.

On Tues­day night, Duterte said Hong Kong-based 14K and Tai­wan­based United Bam­boo tri­ads are be­hind the drug pro­lif­er­a­tion in the coun­try.

“The drug pro­lif­er­a­tion, it’s been op­er­ated by the 14K [and] Bam­boo Triad. They have taken over. They are cook­ing the shabu on the high seas,” the

Pres­i­dent said in a speech at the 120th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice.

Aside from be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the drug pro­lif­er­a­tion in the coun­try, tri­ads were us­ing the Philip­pines as a trans­ship­ment point to Amer­ica.

“It be­hooves upon Amer­ica to work closely with the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines, es­pe­cially on this se­ri­ous mat­ter,” the Pres­i­dent said.

Duterte re­vealed that the coun­try was “flooded” with il­le­gal drugs.

“We are in trou­ble. And this is the first time that I would re­veal it be­cause we’re talk­ing about the Con­sti­tu­tion and the in­ter­est of our coun­try, and of course, the bill of rights and due process,” he said.

Duterte said he was not blam­ing the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment over the drug men­ace in the Philip­pines but he de­cried the in­volve­ment of some Chi­nese na­tion­als in the transna­tional or­ga­nized crime syn­di­cates.

“The Philip­pines to­day is a client state of a Bam­boo triad. They have taken over the op­er­a­tions of -- sad to say -- Chi­nese but I do not mean the coun­try and the peo­ple. In a sense that most of them are re­ally into this kind of busi­ness. I said they have de­cided to go in­ter­na­tional,” he added.

Duterte, who have launched a bru­tal cam­paign against drugs since last year, main­tained that his drug crack­down would re­main re­lent­less.

“I al­most be­came a liar be­cause I said that I will fin­ish the job three to six months,” he said. “Drugs, I will treat them harshly. So if you can find an ap­pro­pri­ate syn­onym of what is harsh, then that’s it.”

The 14K and United Bam­boo tri­ads have long been known as drug syn­di­cates sup­pos­edly sup­ply­ing il­le­gal drugs to the Philip­pines. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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