"police say that they just learned in the news that secret alcohol sales and consumption are occurring right under their nose. They claim they were unaware that bars were reopened in Phuket and that tourists were enjoying beers"
No one believes, that the BiB didn't know!
but how can W. K., the President of Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), think, he can play the police this way? To tell openly to every one, that the police is "blindly" working in Patong. Isn't the raided bar one of his?