Bernard “Bren” Chong, a coffee mogul, app entrepreneur and owner of the Bren Esports team, has been accused by Philippine government of is part of P1.87 billion ($33 million USD) drug deal in Manila.
Like The Daily Tribune reportThe National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) “opened a manhunt” after Chong was found to be one of the owners of a shipping company allegedly attempting to import.shabu” (local slang for meth) through the Manila International Container Terminal to reopen in 2019.
Fortuneyield Commodity Services Corporation, of which Chong is one of the owners, allegedly paid for both the container deposit and the cost of shipping the drug, prompting the NBI to say “It would not have been possible to make these substantial payments without the consent and sympathy of the general manager.”
Bren Esports, named after Chong, is a major Philippine e-sports organization there are professional teams involved in everything from Overwatch arrive League of Legends arrive Fights back. 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 only for the team but also for esports across the region.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Chong, who has been formally charged with “committing illegal drugs” under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. “Mr. Lu Chong can get everyone out of trouble if he surrenders and faces the charges against him,” said Joey Moran, NBI’s head of international operations. told The Daily Tribune.
Chong has taken to Twitter to defend himself, says:
Hello Twitter, as some of you may know, in the last few hours there have been several articles written about me being accused of being involved in a case in my hometown, Philippines.
I write this twitter thread to categorically deny claims that can destroy the good name I’ve taken care of over the years.
Some of you may only know me as part of the Esports community but in reality I am a much broader person than just that, I am an Angel Investor and Entrepreneur. I invest in companies/startups that I believe have great potential or start my own.
I invest in people with great ideas, and more so, in individuals that I find good and great talent.
I believe in the justice system that protects the innocent, and the truth will always take precedence. I hope this clears up any doubts you have and thank you for your support during this trying time. – Bernard Lu Chong