MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) -– The government will provide the necessary assistance to the two Filipino sisters arrested for carrying 14.5 kilos of shabu in Hong Kong, Vice President Jejomar Binay gave assurance Wednesday.
In a statement, Binay, the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Concerns, said although they do not condone the crime made by the Filipinos, he stressed that the government still has the responsibility to help its citizens.
He also reiterated his warning to Filipinos who are considering drug trafficking jobs, saying it is not worth taking the risk.
“The money you could gain from trafficking is not worth it, especially if your life is at stake,” he said.
He explained that once they attempt to smuggle drugs outside the country, there is no way they cannot be caught, considering the advanced drug trafficking equipment of airports abroad.
Meanwhile, the vice president said that to prevent these crimes from happening, the government must work double time to improve the country’s economy and make sure that it will be inclusive.
“The solution is for our economy to improve, since the root of these crimes is economic,” Binay said saying Filipinos were only pushed by poverty to commit crimes.
“Kapit sa patalim. Kaya minsan, ako hindi ko naman sinasabing tama iyong ginawa, pero dahil sa pangangailangan,” he said.
He added that the government should also focus in helping Filipinos get employed in decent jobs to deter them from resorting to extreme measures to attend to their families’ needs.
On Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs disclosed that two Filipino sisters, aged 27 and 31, were nabbed for smuggling 14.5 kilos shabu in Hong Kong.
Citing a report from the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said the two Filipinas were bound for Clark, Pampanga when they were arrested at a Hong Kong airport Sunday.
Hernandez said the Filipino sisters are scheduled to face the court in October.
If convicted, the two Filipinos will face life imprisonment and a fine of about HKD 5 million. (MNS)