Bernard “Bren” Chong, a espresso magnate, app entrepreneur and proprietor of the Bren Esports crew, has been accused by Filipino authorities of being a part of a P1.87 billion (USD$33 million) drug bust in Manila.
As The Day by day Tribune report, The Nationwide Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have “launched a manhunt” after Chong was discovered to be one of many homeowners of a delivery firm that stands accused of making an attempt to import “shabu” (the native slang for meth) by the Manila Worldwide Container Port again in 2019.
Fortuneyield Cargo Companies Company, of which Chong is among the homeowners, allegedly paid for each the container deposit and the freight prices for the medication, main the NBI to say “It could be not possible for these funds of great quantities to be made with out the overall supervisor’s information and acquiescence”.
Bren Esports, named after Chong, is a significant Filipino esports organisation that has professional groups collaborating in every little thing from Overwatch to League of Legends to Counter-Strike. Based again in 2017, they’ve received 34 tournaments throughout their numerous video games and have a big following on social media. So this can be a large deal, not only for the crew however for esports in your entire area.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Chong, who has been formally charged with an “unlawful medication offence” below the Complete Harmful Medicine Act. “Mr. Lu Chong can spare everybody the difficulty if he surrenders and faces the costs towards him,” NBI worldwide operations divisions chief Joey Moran instructed The Day by day Tribune.
Chong has taken to Twitter to defend himself, saying:
Hiya Twitter, as a few of chances are you’ll bear in mind, all through the previous few hours there have been a number of information articles written about my alleged involvement in a case in my dwelling nation, the Philippines.
I’m penning this twitter thread to categorically deny these claims that will destroy the great title I’ve taken cared of for thus a few years.
A few of chances are you’ll solely know me as part of the Esports neighborhood however in actuality I’m a much wider individual than simply that, I’m an Angel Investor and Entrepreneur. I spend money on firms/startups that I imagine has nice potential or begin my very own.
I spend money on individuals who has nice concepts, and extra so, to people whom I see goodness and nice expertise.
I imagine within the justice system that protects the harmless, and the reality will all the time prevail. I hope this clarifies any doubts you could have and thanks to your assist throughout these making an attempt instances. – Bernard Lu Chong