De Lima tells families of drug mules: Cooperate with authorities


MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila De Lima ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to hunt down the alleged recruiter of the executed drug mule.

“I am directing the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to investigate and hunt down the alleged recruiter with the end view of filing charges against him or her and other members of the syndicate, if any,” De Lima told reporters in a chance interview Thursday.

Filipino children light candles outside the house of Sally Villanueva, one of three Filipinos executed in China after being convicted of drug trafficking, last March 2011. AFP File Photo

The Filipina drug mule was executed Wednesday after the Supreme Court People’s Court of China upheld the death sentence handed down by a lower court on June 26.

The 35-year old Filipina and a mother of two from Metro Manila was the fifth Filipino national to be executed for drug trafficking in China. She was arrested last January 2011 after attempting to smuggle around six kilograms of heroin in Hangzhou International Airport.

De Lima also urged the family of the Filipina drug mule to coordinate with the NBI.

“They probably have more information that could help the NBI in its investigation,” De Lima said.

De Lima said Filipinos are among those targeted for the transport of these illegal substances because there are some 10 million Filipinos working overseas.

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  • Milesaway

    She was arrested last January 2011 (2 1/2 yrs). Bakit ngayon lang po n’yo pinapa-hunt yung alleged recruiter after the execution. Palagay nyo po ba nasa Pilipinas pa ba yun? kamote utak nya kapag nandito pa sya. Tsaka dapat ginagawa hindi sinasabi..
    Ay ginang Delima hilig mo sa interview stop talking but work work as I do.

    • Mark

      Typical Philippine government at its best. Kung 2011 pa lang ay hinanap na nila ung mastermind, mas malaki siguro ang chance. Ngaun ay fall guy lang ang makukuha nila.

    • SunTzu

      Kasi ngayon lang may media mileage. Basta De Lima, pasikat lang alam… potangna!!!

  • eric_santiago1

    “De Lima also urged the family of the Filipina drug mule to coordinate with the NBI.”

    A previous report on this said Chinese authorities have evidence which indicate the Filipina had smuggled illegal drugs at least 18 times into the country. I am guessing the woman (and perhaps her family) is more a partner in crime than a victim of the illegal recruiter. Which means they would probably not cooperate.

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      Very intelligent observation, Eric Santiago. Maybe the executed woman was a co-leader of the syndicate.
      Why was the male cousin recruited in the first place?

    • kanoy

      SOOO keep their connections secret and get a new mule to keep the money flowing in—-
      oh and don’t forget to go to confession to make everything right

    • md’c™

      they’re chinese news and authorities. do you really believe them? they control the dailies and xinhua agency, they fire bullets on their people in groups, what is killing a filipino to them? and why would a mule put 6k of drugs in her own luggage? to be busted? its far fetched and chinese planted.

      • eric_santiago1

        “She was reportedly paid from $3,000 to $4,000 (roughly P129,000 to
        P172,000) per trip after successfully smuggling drugs from Dubai to
        Hongkong and China.” (from another news source.)

        Besides, whats the point in planting the drugs on her? What did the chinese government get out of her death? Is this part of their intimidation strategy in connection with border issues? You can connect the dots if you like but those two dots are hundreds of kilometers apart!

      • md’c™

        Exactly, nothing. They do not get nothing out of it, just the same as killing a lot of chinx by firing live bullets on chinx nationals in tienemen. Not trying to push on it, other news agency picked them up from either china daily or xinhua or any chinese news agency controlled by china. I read the same, but honestly, she is dead, and the only thing I can think of is, one filipino died in chinese justice system is too many. More so, 5 and more on death row? I would say, no ofw to China please.

      • eric_santiago1

        firing live bullets on chinx nationals in tienemen… they considered this a form of rebellion and for the chinese govt it was a national security issue. (i am not condoning their actions i am just saying there is at least some rationale behind it)

        but you are suggesting that they executed this woman for no reason at all and simply for fun. i just find that hard to believe. i know china has been acting like a bully, but to execute people like chickens for fun?

      • md’c™

        I did not mean for fun. I meant she is nothing but a pawn and a pawn she is a lesson for filipinos as a whole. Your points all taken, but still do not believe filipinos that many are drug traffickers and mules. We have a current tense situation with china, and that alone is one big reason to prejudice a filipino citizen in china. China can charge anyone of drugs and rush to jail and execution with no due process. This is one big issue since I was back in college for china and it still is and hasn’t change a bit. So, why should I believe a word they say.

        If you ever been to beijing or the beautiful tibet, you will feel and smell real communism is very alive and sticks in the air you breath.

  • md’c™

    While family is grieving, de Lima wants them to cooperate. For what? De Lima, you’re too late. Why now not 2 years ago. What is the point, so you can post more pictures for the paper?

    Just like other public officials, you are just another waste in philippine supreme court time. Getting to the bottom of this while 5 had been executed already is many times too late already. What have you in gov done with the other 4 before yesterdays execution?

    This is very unfortunate, grieving for a country whose citizens are continued to be killed by China in public broadcast, while encrouching our islets and sovereignty in the west seas is double murder at its best. Bully, murder and colonizing our islets,while our public officials like you are way out doing nothing for the past many years.

    Its time all public officials to be audited of pork barrels and demand change, expose and remove corrupt officials and put all FOREIGN CRIMINALS, drug traffickers, smugglers, and sex trade criminals on death penalty using public execution.

    • kanoy

      SCREW THAT FAMILY!!!!! why should we care about that family who cared not about how many filipino families they destroyed with their drugs—there is no way that girl was not sharing her drug profit money with her family and with their help DE LIMA is right to pressure them to name their connection but she should do the same with SINGSON

      • md’c™

        kanoy, can not be that cold. I am a person who does not just believed in killing our countrymen and be labeled unjust during death. Chinese justice is one way justice, a no human right country which fire bullets on their own people, ie tienamen, is not to be believed, more so, for filipino nationals where chinese really wants to display their hatred. How can you believe that so coldly when she was not really given due process.

        6k of drugs in her luggage will never get her convicted in a true justice system. Why would a trafficker put 6k of drugs in her own luggage? To be busted? That alone is insane.

  • akramgolteb

    “De Lima said Filipinos are among those targeted for the transport of these illegal substances because there are some 10 million Filipinos working overseas.”

    Bakit ba lagi tinuturing na OFW ang mga drug mule? Puede naman ungkatin mga record ng mga drug mule at wala silang makikitang record na nagtrabaho ng matino sa ibang bansa. Ang target ng mga recruiter ng drug mule ay mga taong walang trabaho sa Pilipinas na hindi handang magsakripisyo at magtrabaho ng matagal sa ibang bansa. Gusto nila 1 shot deal, ilang araw lang na trabaho libong dolyares agad kikitain.

  • unokritiko

    This shows how the think tank of this inutil govt produce a remedial measures or i would say planning ahead of this criminals. most people on top of this admin govt are brainless liars.
    Now there are still drug mules in china prison and its better to send binay to investigate with some agents of PDEA to know exactly the connection here in the philippines.
    With this advance gathering of data, you will know the connection of this drug syndicate. Advance planning to this inutil people of the govt!!!
    and this is very elementary as said by legendary agent in britain!!!!.
    peste niyawa mga tonto at walang utak kasi ang nasa gobyerno natin.
    puro papogi lang.

    • kanoy

      Come on man those mules got their connections and drugs right here in the RP so what is BINAY AQUINO DE LIMA NBI doing to shut them down? NOTHING!

      with connections in GOV like SINGSON the ADDICT these drug lords are well protected and greasing a lot of GOV pockets

      • unokritiko

        indeed it is true!!! this drug syndicate is very much connected with this inutil govt. They are even playing and has a control in PDEA and NBI
        operation. The point of my comments is for them to be “ginisa sa kanilang sariling mantika” and later they will disintegrate!!!

  • disqusted0fu

    De Lima should learn how to practice what she preaches. She is one who can defy an order from the highest court of the land. If all Filipinos, especially government officials cooperate to authorities, the PH will be a very peaceful country to live in

  • opinyonlangpo

    Death for drug mules. These drugs destroys so many lives. Some are innocent so its best to advice OFWs not to carry luggage of others whether as a favor or with a fee.

    • kanoy

      haha the prisons are full of ?”innocent” people who will claim that bag with my name on it is not mine or when they pull out 6 kilo of heroin they say huh? how did that get in there?
      but the RP loves dope dealers thats why after SINGSON finished doing his prison time—he got elected–again and did no one take notice that DE LIMA the NBI nor the PRESIDENT sought him to turn in his PHILIPPINE CONNECTION FOR COCAINE—-WHY?????

      • opinyonlangpo

        That’s a very good question. Unfortunately even the news reporters avoid to write an article about that. A big WHY.

  • BakbakanNa

    Lalong yumayaman itong mga drug mules. NO mercy to these purveyors of death. They know what they are doing. Shame on these people. They bring death to Chinese in China and shame to Pino nation. In same token, if CHinese drug mules are caught in Pinas, then execute these criminals. NO leniency as drugs are scourge to humankind.

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    Cooperate report your own sister or brothers to philippine authorities before its too late – at least if they got caught in pinas they are still alive in philippine jail

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    Philippine law can be change to reciprocity of sentence like for example if in communist china drug seller are punish by death then chinese communist caught in pinas should have death penalty too same with malaysian

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