Rody says ‘Bam­boo Triad’ has teamed up with ASG

Tempo - - News - (Ge­na­lyn D. Ka­bil­ing)

An in­ter­na­tional crime syn­di­cate has given the Abu Sayyaf Group a “fran­chise” to man­u­fac­ture and sell il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try and make life mis­er­able for Filipinos, Pres­i­dent Duterte re­vealed last Thurs­day.

The Pres­i­dent said the “Bam­boo Triad” has taken over lo­cal drug op­er­a­tions and joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf and other lo­cal gang­sters in il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties.

“They had fran­chises. They have a fran­chise given to the Abu Sayyaf in – kasi may ar­mas eh at naka­pag-tra­baho. Nakaka­pagluto, dis­trib­ute, kasi may ar­mas. Si­nasadya nila ‘yan,” the Pres­i­dent said dur­ing his visit to Eastern Sa­mar last Thurs­day.

“It’s the gang­sters of the Philip­pines and China com­bined – they com­bined to­gether and mak­ing the life of the Filipinos mis­er­able,” he added.

The ASG has been pre­vi­ously linked to no­to­ri­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as be­head­ing of hostages and bomb­ings in some parts of the coun­try. The ban­dit group led by Is­nilon Hapi­lon is also in­volved in a rag­ing re­bel­lion in Marawi City along­side the Maute ter­ror group.

Apart from the Bam­boo Gang re­port­edly based in Tai­wan, the Pres­i­dent ear­lier iden­ti­fied an­other crime group, the 14K al­legedly based in Hong Kong, for tak­ing con­trol of il­le­gal drug traf­fick­ing in the re­gion.

Duterte has also called for closer co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Philip­pines and the United States af­ter the coun­try has be­come a drug trans­ship­ment point to Amer­ica.

Mala­cañang main­tained that the Pres­i­dent has “cred­i­ble in­ter­na­tional sources” to back al­le­ga­tions that two in­ter­na­tional drug syn­di­cates are be­hind the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal sub­stance in the coun­try.

The Pres­i­dent, mean­time, pledged anew to en­force the coun­try’s laws against those in­volved in il­le­gal drug trade re­gard­less if they are rich and poor.

He also warned po­lice­men against get­ting in­volved in il­le­gal drugs, say­ing they will be first to be held ac­count­able be­fore the law.

“When I be­came Pres­i­dent, I swore to you and to God that I will en­force the law against all crim­i­nals,” he said. “Wala doon sin­abi na, “I, Ro­drigo Duterte, will en­force the law and the shabu – laws against shabu, but only those who can af­ford it or who are rich. The poor, pakawalaan ko,” he added.

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