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A 79-year-old Taiwanese national was arrested in Manila by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives from the Calabarzon office for allegedly possessing a kilo of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in a condominium in early on Tuesday.

According to Archie Grande, PDEA-Calabarzon director, the suspect, identified as Zhi Quan Wu, was arrested during an entrapment operation in a condo unit in Malate, Manila. The suspect sold 1,000 grams of shabu worth P6 million (S$168,226) to an undercover operative around 2 am.

"The operation was the result of our case build-up using our assets after we received information on the illegal drug activities of the suspect," Grande told Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephonic interview.

Grande said the suspect was a "high value target" in the intensified campaign against illegal drugs led by the Philippines government. He added that the Taiwanese national had been living in the country for almost 10 years.

."Allegedly, the suspect was a graduate of a military academy and was once a military captain," Grande said.

The suspect faces charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.