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 Every day Tribune report, The Nationwide Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have “launched a manhunt” after Chong was discovered to be one of many house owners of a transport 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 Providers Company, of which Chong is among the house owners, allegedly paid for each the container deposit and the freight prices for the medication, main the NBI to say “It will be unimaginable for these funds of great quantities to be made with out the final supervisor’s data and acquiescence”.
Bren Esports, named after Chong, is a significant Filipino esports organisation that has professional groups participating in all the things 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 huge deal, not only for the crew however for esports in all the 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 in opposition to him,” NBI worldwide operations divisions chief Joey Moran informed The Every day Tribune.
Chong has taken to Twitter to defend himself, saying:
Hey Twitter, as a few of it’s possible you’ll bear in mind, all through the previous couple of hours there have been a number of information articles written about my alleged involvement in a case in my house nation, the Philippines.
I’m scripting this twitter thread to categorically deny these claims that will destroy the nice identify I’ve taken cared of for therefore a few years.
A few of it’s possible you’ll solely know me as part of the Esports neighborhood however in actuality I’m a wider particular person than simply that, I’m an Angel Investor and Entrepreneur. I put money into firms/startups that I imagine has nice potential or begin my very own.
I put money into 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 at all times prevail. I hope this clarifies any doubts you have got and thanks on your assist throughout these making an attempt instances. – Bernard Lu Chong