According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, 2,000 to 3,000 members of China’s People’s Liberation Army may be in the Philippines, information that must still be validated by the country’s intelligence services. Police held Chinese nationals with PLA identity cards among their possessions.
Manila (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A “good number” of members of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are in the Philippines, said Philippine Senator Panfilo Lacson (pictured), information that must still be validated by the intelligence committee.
“The information I shared with Senator [Richard] Gordon that a good number of PLA [members] is subject to validation, and we’re talking here of 2,000 to 3,000; that’s the number mentioned to us,” Lacson told reporters at the Senate.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the combined Armed Forces (land, sea and air) of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Lacson suggested taht it is possible that PLA soldiers are here on an unknown mission, whose exact purpose remains a puzzle.
Previously, Senator Gordon had warned that Chinese couriers brought more than US0 million into the country between December 2019 to February this year and that this money could be laundered, or could be used to fund a "fifth column. ", i.e. a group of people secretly working for the enemy.
Gordon further noted that the discovery of PLA identification cards on Chinese suspects should be further investigated.
The senator was referring to the fact that last week, Philippine police arrested two Chinese nationals suspected of involvement in the death of a man, Yin Jian Tao, who was shot inside a VIP room of a restaurant in Makati City. The two were found carrying PLA identification cards.