eSports Owner Wanted by Police After $33M Drug Arrest
Bernhard “Bren” Chong, a coffee magnate, app entrepreneur and owner of the Bren Esports team, was accused of Philippine authorities orf part of a P1.87 Billions ($33 million) drug arrest in Manila.
As The day grandstand reportThe National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has “launched a manhunt” after finding that Chong is one of the owners of a shipping company accused of trying to import.Shabu” (the local slang for meth) through the Manila International Container Port in 2019.
Supposedly the Fortuneyield Cargo Services Corporation, which is owned by Chong paid both the container deposit and the freight charges for the drugs, leading the NBI to say: “It would be impossible to make these significant payments without the knowledge and consent of the Director-General.”
Bren Esports, named after Chong, is a major Filipino esports organization That has pro teams participating in everything over watch to League of Legends to counterstrike. Founded in 2017, they have won 34 tournaments across their various games and have a huge following on social media. So this is a big deal, not just for the team, but for esports across the region.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Chong, who was formally charged with an “illegal drug offense” under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. “Mr. Lu Chong can save everyone the trouble if he surrenders and faces charges against him,” Joey Moran, head of the NBI’s International Operations Division said The day grandstand.
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Chong took to Twitter to defend himself. saying:
Hello Twitter, as some of you may know, several news articles have been written in the last few hours about my alleged involvement in a case in my home country, the Philippines.
I am writing this Twitter thread to categorically deny these claims, which could destroy the good name I have cared for for so many years.
Some of you may only know me as part of the esports community, but in reality I’m a much broader person than just that, I’m an angel investor and entrepreneur. I invest in companies/startups that I believe have great potential or start my own.
I invest in people who have great ideas and even more so in people I see as good and talented.
I believe in the justice system that protects the innocent and the truth will always prevail. I hope this clears your doubts and thank you for your support during these difficult times. -Bernard Lu Chong
https://kotaku.com/bernard-bren-chong-philippines-esports-drugs-manhunt-1849363134 eSports Owner Wanted by Police After $33M Drug Arrest