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Sana ‘di all: Biz group cries foul over Filipino Chinese link to drugs

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A Filipino Chinese business group has asked the media and the public to refrain from generalizing members of their community as enablers of the drug trade after Vice President Leni Robredo said the country’s top source of drugs was China.

The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) said the Filipino Chinese community should not be painted in a bad light just because of some people’s misdeeds.

“We appeal to media and other sectors to refrain from generalizing that members of the Filipino Chinese community as peddlers of illegal drugs and inadvertently besmirching our community’s reputation,” said FFCCCII president Henry Lim Bon Liong.

He urged the public and the media to make sweeping statements about the Filipino Chinese community as most of its members are law abiding citizens.

“We want to reiterate that most, if not all of the ethnic Chinese community members in the country, are law-abiding Filipino citizens, legitimate business people and conscientious in upholding rule of law,” Bon Liong said.

Earlier this week, Robredo said information from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (USDEA) point to China as the top source of drugs in the country.

However, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino refuted Robredo’s claim, saying most of the country’s drugs come from the so-called “Golden Triangle” region in Asia.

Bon Liong said the government should strongly consider reviving the death penalty as a deterrent for drug traffickers.

“We may look at our Asian neighbors like Singapore, China and Taiwan on how capital punishment has deterred the commission of heinous crimes,” he said.

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