Monday July 16, 2018

Mayor orders probe on club after owner was linked to shabu deal

AFTER one of the owners of Liv Super Club in Mandaue City was tagged as the middleman for the shipment of several kilos of shabu from China, City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing ordered increased police visibility near all nightlife establishments in the city.

The mayor tasked Atty. Mae Elaine Bathan, his chief-of-staff, to investigate the operations of Liv, particularly on their compliance with city requirements.

“As early as last year, we requested the MCPO (Mandaue City Police Office) to closely monitor all bars and clubs for drugs. We have requested for increased police visibility in all nightlife establishments in Mandaue,” said Quisumbing.

Quisumbing told Cebu that there are five owners of Liv Super Club.

One owner is from Mandaue, another one from Cebu City and the rest, including Dong, from Manila.

According to the mayor, there is only one business so far that is registered to Dong, which is Liv.

Bathan had not yet given the names of the four other owners as the documents that they collated for the investigation were in her office at the City Hall yesterday.

In a text mesaage, she said the club is under a corporation named Liv Super Club Incorporated.

“We have been checking their business and whether they have complied with permits and paid taxes. They have been assessed,” said Bathan.

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 will conduct an investigation on Dong after he was named as the middleman of Richard Tan, owner of Hong Fei Logistics where the shipment of 605 kilos of shabu from China was delivered.

PRO 7 Director Jose Mario Espino said they will look into the links of Dong. 

In a separate interview, Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has been monitoring different clubs that could have been used to sell drugs.

“The City has a very strong partnership with the PDEA and the PNP in the campaign against drugs. We have constantly reminded our constituents and businesses of this. Hence, anything is deemed suspicious will be monitored and investigated by our law enforcement agencies,” he said.

Fortuna assured that a business establishment will be shut down if “the operation could be a front for something illegal.”

Police Chief Insp. Mercy Villaro, spokesperson of MCPO, said they will send non-uniformed officers to Liv and other clubs to monitor the activities inside.

Villaro said they had not monitored yet any illegal transactions inside Liv, except incidents involving drunken customers.

This is not the first time that a businessman was named for having links in illegal drugs.

PRO 7 are now looking into Dong, Peter Lim and Franz Sabalones who are linked to the illegal drug trade. (FMG)