Today in Philippine history, January 15, 1973, drug trafficker Lim Seng was executed by musketry

Monday July 11, 2016 ()

On January 15, 1973, Lim Seng, convicted drug trafficker, was executed by firing squad at 6 in the morning. His execution sent a stern warning to drug syndicates in the country and resulted in terminating the illicit drug business in the country during that period.

(The sentencing of drug trafficer Lim Seng)

Lim Seng was sentenced to death by a military commission, after some P3-million worth of heroin was seized from his nine laboratories in Caloocan City and other parts of Metro Manila on September 1972, days after Martial Law was declared, by elements of the Constabulary Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) then led by then First Lieutenants Reynaldo Berroya and Saturnino Domingo, along with other representatives of the United States Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, which is now equivalent to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Several high-powered firearms were also seized from Lim Seng, who was tagged as responsible for the proliferation of high-grade heroin in Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Lim Seng used his business enterprises that included a printing press, factories and restaurants, as fronts for his heroin trade. Based on the estimates of the then Philippine Constabulary, the drug problem of the country, affected some 350,000 people during that period.

Lim Seng succumbed to seven caliber .30 bullets from M-1 rifles pumped into his chest.


  1. Manila Bulletin, February 5, 1999, and other news media sources
  2. Video: Associated Press


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