THE Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa is actively operating in the country.
President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed this in a speech Wednesday night before the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV.
“Is Mexico into us? Yes. Sinaloa, iyong cartel nila, tayo ang transshipment. Kasi ini-eradicate sila ng mga Amerikano. Binobomba sila. Kaya dito sila sa transshipment,” the President said.
“Active ang Sinaloa. I never, never, never hoist a lie. I’m telling you,” Duterte added
The cartel has shifted its operation to the Philippines because of the United States’ strict policies on illegal drugs, according to Duterte.
He said the Philippines will be run by narco-politicians in the next seven years if the government will not address the problem of illegal drugs trade in the country.
In January 2015, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives arrested 39-year-old Mexican Horacio Hernandez in Makati City for selling P12 million worth of cocaine.
Horacio was an alleged member of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Police have raided a cock-fighting farm in Lipa City and confiscated 84 kilos of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride).
Batangas is reportedly the lair of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s cohorts.
On July 12 this year (Manila time), Guzman escaped from prison for the second time.
Duterte had spoken out against the drug trade in Mexico during one of his campaign sorties and was not aware that Mexican Ambassador Julio Camerena Villaseñor was in the audience.
“Bakit pupunta ka ba sa Mexico ngayon? Are you going to Mexico with all the kidnappings and killings there? Drugs. Colombia. Everywhere. America,” he said as organizers tried to stop him owing to the presence of the ambassador.
“Yes, the Ambassador is there. I am sorry,” Duterte said.