- Title: Court officials board alleged floating drug lab off Philippine coast
- Date: 25th November 2016
- Summary: SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES (NOVEMBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS) SUSPECTS, WHO ARE HONG KONG NATIONALS, BEING ESCORTED BY SOLDIERS SUSPECTS BEING ESCORTED BY SOLDIERS ONTO BOAT TWO SUSPECTS SITTING ON BOAT COAST GUARD BOAT IN WATERS COAST GUARD BOAT TRAVELLING TOWARDS ALLEGED DRUG-MAKING BOAT SUSPECTS BOARDING ALLEGED DRUG-MAKING BOAT VARIOUS OF SUSPECTS ON BOARD ALLEGED DRUG-MAKING BOAT WITH SOLDIERS AND COURT OFFICIALS VARIOUS OF SUSPECTS, SOLDIERS AND COURT OFFICIALS IN THE INSIDE OF ALLEGED DRUG-MAKING BOAT ROOM INSIDE ALLEGED DRUG-MAKING BOAT WHICH INCLUDES POLICE TAPE VARIOUS OF STOVE COURT OFFICIALS INSIDE BOAT COURT OFFICIALS AND SOLDERS ON DECK OF ALLEGED DRUG-MAKING BOAT
- Embargoed: 10th December 2016 17:08
- Keywords: Hong Kong drugs trial inspection drug laboratory Philippines
- Location: SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES
- City: SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA00159Y0KZP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Four Hong Kong nationals were taken onboard a boat in Subic Bay in the Philippines Friday (November 25), as court officials inspected an alleged floating drug laboratory.
The suspects were arrested in July aboard the vessel which was allegedly used to manufacture the drug methamphetamine, locally known as shabu.
Officials examined a large stove which they said could have been used to prepare drugs.
President Rodrigo Duterte launched his "war on drugs" in October.
The crackdown has been criticised abroad but enjoys widespread support in the Philippines, which Duterte has said faces collapse if the "drug menace" isn't tackled.
Close to 2,500 people have been killed in police operations and alleged vigilante killings, since he took office on June 30.
In Davao City, where Duterte was mayor for 22 years, he led an equally brutal anti-drugs crackdown. There, death squads killed hundreds of alleged drug dealers, petty criminals and street children, said Human Rights Watch in a 2009 report. Duterte denied any involvement in the killings.
The trial of the four men is due to resume on December 9.
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