The #BrenLangMalakas hashtag appears to be strong in the drug business as well for the team’s CEO.
The Philippines’ esports industry was taken aback after a Manila court ordered the arrest of Bren Esports’ CEO, Bernard Lu Chong.
Apparently, the businessman is allegedly involved in a drug smuggling case, amounting to P1.87-billion worth of shabu.
Based on reports, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) botched a smuggling attempt of 276.3 kilos of shabu on May 31, 2019 at MICP’s Container Freight Station 3 (MICP-CFS3).
Said packs of ‘shabu’ were concealed in plastic resins. It is also told that the deal was done with ‘proper import documents’ to avoid suspicions.
According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) International Operations Division Chief Joey Moran, a manhunt operation is already underway for the CEO.
Said chief also called-out the businessman saying he should face all the charges filed against him.
“Drug smuggling is a very serious case and is an unbailable offense. The NBI is mandated to track down and arrest fugitives regardless of their status. As long as you have a warrant of arrest, you become a subject of a manhunt. However, Mr. Lu Chung can spare everyone the trouble if he surrenders and face the charges against him,” he appealed.
Bren’s CEO is also the owner of Philippines’ franchise of Tim Hortons, a famous Canadian coffee shop.
As of this moment, Lu Chong is charged with the violation of Section 4, Article 2 of Republic Act 9165. Said violation is non-bailable based on the Philippine laws.
On June 2 of last year, Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 13 issued an arrest warrant for the CEO.
Bernard supposedly appealed his case which was denied on April 29 of this year. According to reports, his last known residence was in Libis, Quezon City.
As of this writing, the businessman’s location remains unknown.