By Junex Doronio & Benjie Cuaresma
August 4, 2022
MANILA — This Chinese drug trafficker may have successfully eluded arrest a number of times by assuming other names but his fingerprints conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) could no longer conceal his identity and he finally fell into the hands of authorities.
Frank Chua is now facing a life sentence earlier rendered by the court for the crime of drug trafficking.
According to NBI probers, Chua was first nabbed in 1989 in Ilocos Sur and about 58 kilos of shabu were seized in his possession.
But he and his cohorts bolted from Vigan Provincial Jail on March 22, 1990.
The court, however, continued hearing his case and on October 7, 1994, he was meted reclusion perpetual or life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Chua went into hiding in different parts of the country.
On July 4, 2003, he was again collared by operatives of the NBI-Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force at the NBI-Olongapo District Office inside a restaurant in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
He denied that he was Chua and gave his name as Tsai Jung Shui.
But his fingerprints gave him away.
He was sent to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City where he made again a daring escape in 2004.
Chua was again arrested on July 28 this year in Sampaloc, Manila but identified himself as Tsai Rong Chang.
Again, his fingerprints did blow up his cover with the “comparative examination” conducted by NBI-Dactyloscopy Division. (ai/mtvn)