MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that businessman Kenneth Dong has been transferred from the National Bureau of investigation (NBI) to Paranaque City Jail.
The NBI arrested Dong last Aug. 15 after a Senate hearing on the PHP6-billion worth of shabu shipment from China by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by the Paranaque Regional Trial Court on June 30, 2017 for the crime of rape.
Earlier reports said the rape incident occurred last April 9, 2016 wherein the victim “was then deprived of reason or otherwise unconscious, against her will and without her consent.”
“He was transferred upon orders of the court. The NBI had no choice but to follow the court’s order,” Aguirre said.
NBI Deputy Director for Intelligence Vicente De Guzman said they have discovered the pending warrant of arrest after they conducted a background check on the personalities linked to the shabu shipment.
Dong is also one of the respondents in the drug trafficking charges filed by NBI before the Department of Justice (DoJ) in connection with the PHP6.4 billion shabu seized last May 26 in two warehouses in Valenzuela City.
In a 15-page letter complaint filed by NBI-Anti Organized and Transnational Crime Division (AOTCD) dated Aug. 14, Taiwanese nationals Chen Min and Jhu Ming Jyun, Chinese nationals Chen Ju Long a.k.a. Richard Tan, Richard Chen and Li Guang Feng and Filipino nationals Fidel Anoche Dee, businessman Dong Yi Shen alias Kenneth Dong, Customs broker Mark Ruben G. Taguba II, Teejay A. Marcellana and Eirene May A. Tatad were charged with violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
NBI said the respondents were responsible for the importation of the contraband which was later recovered by authorities inside the warehouse of Hongfei Logistics Group of Companies in Valenzuela City which is owned by Richard Chen.
“Subjects, through their indispensable cooperation, caused the importation of five wooden crates from China. These crates contain cylinders packed with a total of 605 transparent plastic bags containing methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, a dangerous drug. The total net weight of the specimen is 602.279 kilograms. Thus, in violation of Section 4 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act for importation of dangerous drugs,” read the letter of complaint.