People thought it’s only in the movies that gangsters could enjoy immense influence in the highest echelons of power, but again, in many instances did the public come to know that truth can be stranger than fiction.
“Your government has been deeply infiltrated by the Chinese mafia.”
This was what Kingly Choi, a Hong Kong national and founding president of Hero Pass Limited, a Covid-19 solutions firm based in the former British colony, stated in an interview over the phone. His statement came in the midst of an expose in the Philippine Senate about the overpriced government purchase of PPEs early this year.
The government’s reply to the accusation of corruption was that it was forced to buy the more expensive PPEs because local manufacturers only started making PPEs after the Department of Trade and Industry encouraged local businesses to start manufacturing PPEs for medical front-liners.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros disclosed however that the Department of Budget and Management purchased millions of PPEs at P2,000 each even when it was available among local traders at only P1,700 each.
Choi who owns a company that deals with Covid-19 solution products disclosed that through the local branch of Hero Pass Limited based in Manila, he himself made an offer in March and April to the DBM, the IATF, the DOH and the DTI to supply PPEs at only P1,500 each.
“They can never deny that they already knew at that time that there were other PPE brands approved by the food and drug administrations of source countries, at much lower cost, but your government officials bought the much pricey ones from Chinese distributors. With the mere volume of the PPEs they were purchasing they should have even gotten huge wholesale discounts, but you know, that’s how itvalso works in mainland China and Hong Kong, the Red Mafia works to maximize profits so they can give huge bribes to government officials of other countries,” Choi stated.
He said Sen. Hontiveros’s revelation that all the PPE suppliers tapped by the DBM were Chinese, only showed that the government was infiltrated by the Red Mafia. He explained that the Red Mafia are Chinese officers who enjoy important positions in Beijing and in the party whose racket is to protect the interest of Chinese businesses including crime syndicates in the mainland and overseas, especially in countries where China wields financial leverage.
The Red Mafia is the collective term for corrupt public officials in China. It is the preferred protection and enforcement mechanism of mainland businesses and gangsters. It makes use of guanxi (personal networks) to accumulate wealth and obtain promotion, where military positions may be sold, businesses established and extra-legal protection strengthened.
Getting higher positions in government for members of the Red Mafia, means better protection for the crime syndicates and their businesses.
As the Red Mafia protects the triad and even legitimate businesses often owned by the Chinese triad, the latter also protect the ill-gotten wealth of the former through both legal and illegal gambling businesses being operated by the Chinese underworld both in China and overseas.
Choi explained that the PPE fiasco is only the tip of the iceberg. The tentacles of the Red Mafia have far-reaching grasp in the Philippines as it muscle-flexed itself into the P500 billion Sangley airport upgrade project, a strategic location for the defence of Manila in case of a war and the third telco cell tower construction in military camps despite the inherent risks to national security.
These developments that encroach in Philippine sovereignty however is not new, the government allowed China to own and operate the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines that supplies power to NCR. According to experts, it is not remote that a single press of a cellphone key of someone in the know in Beijing can shut off power and render NCR without electricity.
Choi said that the tactics employed by Beijing in Manila are very well the same design being used by the Red Mafia and the triad in China. It is general knowledge in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan that the Red Mafia is in cahoots with the Chinese triad.
Earlier news revealed that some of the Chinese POGO workers were found out to be holders of China’s People Liberation Army identification cards.
Choi stated that the triad is very much present in the Philippines.
“They know the political, economic and social terrain in the Philippines, so it’s not remote that the Red Mafia tapped them to do some of its dirty works in your country,” Choi stated.
In the years leading towards the 2016 national elections, two mountaintops in Santa Cruz, Zambales were flattened beyond repair by seven Chinese companies to excavate rocks and soil that were used to build the nearly 3,000 hectare artificial island in Scarborough Shoal.
Asked if he believed the Red Mafia has got to do with the muscling of Beijing in the Philippine bureaucracy, he said it only takes one to look into “what’s happening in your country to determine whose hand is behind.”