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Palace makes fresh appeal to OFWs vs. falling for drug rings

Posted On 2014 Sep 01
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A batch of 37 female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from Syria, arrive at 4 p.m. Friday (March 7) via EK 332. OWWA personnel and from Office of the Vice President (center photo) assist the returning OFWs upon their arrival at the Gate 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. (MNS photo)

A batch of 37 female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from Syria, arrive at 4 p.m. Friday (March 7) via EK 332. OWWA personnel and from Office of the Vice President (center photo) assist the returning OFWs upon their arrival at the Gate 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – With at least three more Filipinos now facing possible execution for drug-related cases in Vietnam and in Malaysia, Malacañang on Saturday reminded Filipinos abroad to be wary of the modus operandi of drug rings asking them to carry baggage for other people.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government has been continuously reminding Filipinos abroad not to fall for such a ploy, since they and not the drug smugglers will end up in hot water.

Siguro pakiusap natin at patuloy na panawagan sa ating kababayan, mag-ingat tayo,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

An Agence France Presse report earlier said a Philippine man and woman have been sentenced to death in Vietnam for smuggling nearly five kilograms of cocaine.

It identified the Filipinos as Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, and Donna Buenagua Mazon, 39.

In the case of the Filipinos in Vietnam, Valte said the Philippine government normally extends consular assistance and possible legal assistance if the Filipinos cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

Meanwhile, in Malaysia, The Star Online reported a Filipina also faces a possible death penalty after she was caught with three kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday.

The report did not name the Filipino drug courier, but described her as 39 years old. It said she was offered RM5,000 (P69,241) to bring the drugs into the country.

An investigation showed the woman hid the drugs under a layer of clothes and undergarments.

While the Filipina initially claimed she did not know how the drugs got into her suitcase, she decided to cooperate with police.  (MNS)

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