By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Feb. 20, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Philippine authorities stress that it has pieces of evidence proving that the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, the most powerful illegal drug trafficking organization in the world, is operating in the Philippines.
This development comes after Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines Julio Camarena Villaseñor questioned the existence of the Sinaloa drug syndicate there. He said no Mexican has ever been arrested in the Philippines to verify this claim.
But Philippine police say that although the suspects are still at large, their passports indicating that they are from Sinaloa, Mexico.
Meanwhile, Filipino-American members of the San Francisco Police Department warned Philippine officials about the vast influence of the cartel.
Retired Lt. Eric Quema, once the highest ranking Filipino in the SFPD says preventing the cartel from establishing its foothold in the Philippines would require a “multi-pronged attack”.
“Not with just customs, immigration and the PNP, but also with people that live in the areas because it’s their communities that are being injected with a cancer.” Quema explained. “