MANILA— Authorities seized a total of PHP3.2 billion worth of illegal drugs (more than USD2 billion Taiwan New Dollar) in three years, as Taiwan enhances cooperation with the Philippines in fighting illegal drugs.
The Philippines-Taiwan cooperation has resulted in the confiscation of over 1,000 kilograms of shabu, more than 8,000 kilograms of semi-finished products and raw materials, three shabu laboratories, one distribution station and six shipments via the air cargo and sea container.
“Taiwan has never been the source of illegal drugs entering the Philippines; rather, Taiwan is the best partner for the Philippines to jointly combat the illegal transnational drugs,” said Taipei Economic and Culture Office (TECO) in the Philippines in a statement.
Taiwan vowed to continue working with the Philippine relevant authorities to enhance cooperation to eliminate the transnational drug trafficking.
Taiwan and the Philippines have signed mutual legal assistance agreement between TECO and Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in criminal matters, memorandum of understanding (MOU) on combatting transnational crimes, and MOU on cooperation of anti-illegal drugs.