Pinoy drug mules in China reach 100-A A +A
Sunday, November 7, 2010
AMID repeated warnings from Philippine authorities, the number of Filipinos being caught as drug mules in China continue to grow and now reached 100.
Quoting a report from the Philippine Consulate General in China, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) related that another Filipina was arrested by the Guangzhou Customs District’s Bureau of Anti-smuggling for drug trafficking.
“This unfortunate incident still happened despite the successive warnings issued by the DFA on the plight of Filipino nationals who have been meted with the death penalty for drug-smuggling,” said the DFA.
The report added out of the 100 cases within the consulate’s jurisdiction, about 78 involved women.
The latest in the list used to work as a school teacher in Guangdong Province and was even granted an alien employment permit by the Chinese government.
She was allegedly carrying 1,996 grams of heroin concealed in a pocket of her checked-in suitcase.
The DFA reminded Filipinos on the perils of carrying drugs to China, which has set stiff penalties against drug smuggling.
Chinese government laws provide that a person caught in possession of illegal drugs in the amount of more than 50 grams will suffer the death penalty, if convicted.
“The Consulate General continuously appeals to the public to be vigilant in accepting offers of travel and work abroad, or in accepting packages from people they hardly know,” said the PHL consulate.(AMN/Sunnex)