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Trio arrested in Philippines

Staff writer, with CNA

Three Taiwanese were on Tuesday arrested in two separate drug raids in the Philippines in the latest crackdown on drugs in the Southeast Asian country.

One group of drug enforcement authorities arrested two Taiwanese suspects in a house that had reportedly been turned into a drug laboratory in the City of Las Pinas and seized about 60kg of crystal meth.

The same day, a third Taiwanese who was allegedly manufacturing drugs in a villa in Paranaque City was nabbed.

The raids were part of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s “Oplan Firstblood” targeting illegal drug activities.

The agency said it has been monitoring the three suspects for about a month.

Officials from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines said they are still in the process of confirming the identity of the three Taiwanese.

On June 14, two Taiwanese men, aged 33 and 25, were arrested in a vehicle in Paranaque and were found in possession of 39kg of methamphetamine.

Tuesday’s raids came after the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to crack down on crime and corruption in the country.

Since Duterte was sworn in as president on Thursday last week, 30 “drug dealers” have been killed, Philippine police said on Monday.

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