Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Drug mules are not OFWs


Many were not surprised that another Filipino caught smuggling drugs into China was executed. We just want to clarify that most of the convicted drug mules went to China as “tourists,” not as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). A drug-smuggling syndicate had recruited them.

These Filipinos were willing to engage in illegal activities to earn big bucks. Sadly, most of the convicted drug traffickers have been women. Thus, immigration officials overseas, especially China, are keeping an eye on Filipino women who are entering their country.

Sad to say, many Filipino women today have become bolder and more clever in illicit business dealings. Since a large amount of money is at stake, these women reportedly go the extra mile to prepare themselves for every transaction. They study their role, dressing and acting like professionals or businesswomen to deceive authorities. It seems that even the death penalty in China does not discourage them.

When a Filipino is caught carrying illegal drugs and sentenced to death, officials scramble to stop the execution and appeal for the commutation of death penalties to life imprisonment.

Our government officials are aware of the fact that the Chinese government will not listen to their appeal. But they are flexing all their muscles, even if they appear to be helpless, so they will not be criticized for doing nothing.

Legitimate OFWs, however, express a differing opinions. Some don’t want our government leaders to seek mercy and forgiveness on behalf of convicted drug traffickers. They believe that these drug mules are willing to break the law because they are greedy and lazy. They allowed themselves to be used by organized crime groups because they want easy money. They are too lazy to find a decent job.

These OFWs can’t help but ask: Why does our government have to seek forgiveness for the sins of Filipinos who stubbornly engaged in illegal activities? This is an insult to those who are paid modestly but work honestly for a living. The convicted drug traffickers do not know the value of hard work.


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  • Descarte5E

    I’ve been going in and out of China a hundred times since 2000 and not since we have this Filipino drug mules issue in China, I am always subjected to double immigration check in Guangzhou and in Shenzhen immigration. My passport needs to be approved and stamped by the Chinese immigration supervisor especially if coming to China from another country. Even getting a Chinese visa is very difficult now. No, it’s not about the issue about the dispute in Spratlys because its political, they told me, it’s about the illegal drugs. No thanks to those drug mules, they made the life of OFWs and business people going to China very inconvenient and of course more expensive.

    • akramgolteb

      Ako din ganyan. Sirang sira na mga PInoy sa maraming bansa. Sa China, HK at Taiwan, kilala na ang mga Pinoy bilang mga magnanakaw (salamat sa ating mga politiko at taong gobyerno), mandaraya (salamat uli sa ating mga politiko) at mamatay tao (salamat sa ating mga kababayan na nakatira sa Mindanao at mga kapulisan). Ngayon dinadagdagan pa mga bukol natin ng mga drug mule na yan na glorified pa ng media na mga OFW na nagsakripisyo para sa pamilya nila kahit mapanganib na trabaho ginagawa nila, may feature pa sa TV. Ako nga nag audition sa Star Magic hindi nila ako pinapasok sa building, yun mga drug mule may 1 oras na programa kasama pa mga pamilya nila.

      Meron akong nakasabay na Pinay, mukha naman propesyonal, Halughog to the bones ang mga maleta niya (pati ako ganun din) at hindi pa nakontento ang mga kumag, pilit na binuksan ang kanyang laptop. Binuksan as in gumamit ng screw driver at inoperahan ang laptop at hindi binuksan na pinundot ang power button!

      • batangpaslit

        pati ang inosente nadamay tuloy…salot talaga ‘yang mga drug dealers

    • kanoy

      EXACTLY—Its the same for certain mid-east citizens arriving in USA/UK/AUS even some S A citizens like those from Columbia—mid-east due to Abu S A due to cocaine

    • batangpaslit

      you said your point. I hear you…

  • albert13

    it is easy to point the finger of blame and hatred to the drug mules, male or female. but who drove these drug mules to the extremes? what made these ofws leave the country as tourists? ofws are quick to say that these drug mules are tourists. i am been working outside the philippines for more than 20 years. it is unfortunate that people pointing the finger of blame and hatred themselves have blood in their own hands through sins of omission and commission. may God have mercy on our souls.

    • kanoy

      You dare ask who? what? when? where? how? a citizen of a free and democratic country goes about doing anything? while the answer—for those not looking for excuses–is quite simple—> CHOICE!
      They freely willingly and without regard for human life CHOSE greed over concern of all the lives and families their peddled poisons will destroy
      We all are very well aware of each country laws and consequences yet GREED overcomes fear or concern for discovery—then some think they should be above the law set forth simply since they do not believe in it—-that holds no bearing upon the RULE OF LAW
      I highly doubt there will be ANY drug mules names in the book of life come judgement day and had GOD wished to stop the execution GOD could have—-but didn’t

      • batangpaslit

        banat….tumpak ka, Bro!

    • RiverHorse

      these days, it is no longer wise to use ignorance as an excuse. banned substances are illegal be it in china or in the philippines. no self-respecting human being would involve himself or herself with illegal drugs. you mentioned sins of omission and commission, i agree that everyone could be blamed for the social ills we are all experiencing. on the other hand, it is also better for one to shoot himself/herself in the head before he/she leads others to commit evil, don’t you think so?

      • batangpaslit

        I concur

    • batangpaslit

      so, you are on the side of illicit drug trading, eh?
      what a warp values you have, Tsong.
      you have no ability to distinguish what is right from wrong?
      I know a number of impoverished people, yet, they don’t engage in immoral activities that is clearly sinful and wrong in order to survive.
      you invoked the name of GOD for protecting wrongdoings that are clearly condemned in Scriptures?
      what a blasphemy for mentioning the name of GOD in vain.

  • Patikotiko

    OFWs or tourist, it doesn’t matter. As long as you are involved with illegal drugs, don’t expect your government will help you specially in China. Now with regards here in the Philippines, we should also imposed death penalty for those who will be caught selling or producing illegal drugs. That’s the only way we can protect our citizens and childrens.

    • batangpaslit

      I fully concur

  • nick

    may tama ka!! kung tatakbo senador to iboboto ko..

  • batangpaslit

    well said, Susan! my kudos for articulating what is right. wrongdoers and their deliberate wrongdoing must not receive mercy.
    salot sila sa lipunan.
    the recidivist must be destroyed, since, they are beyond rehabilitation.

  • Siri

    If Binay keeps doing his pogi point every time a drug mule is about to be executed, let’s offer him to be executed in exchange for the convict.

  • albert13

    To the Hypocrites who condemned the Drug Mules:

    A woman,
    who had been caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus Christ by the scribes and Pharisees as a test to see if Jesus Christs was a liberal in matters of the Law of
    God. In response to their deceitful query, He didn’t condemn the woman,
    not because He was a liberal, not because He condoned her sin, but
    because the men who brought the woman to Him were Hypocrites. He was the only person there that day who was free of sin, the only one
    who had the right to “cast the first stone.” He didn’t stone her (or
    her accusers), but instead forgave her and told her to “sin no more.”
    Otherwise, the day is coming when she, if she didn’t thereafter repent,
    won’t be stoned, but will be burned – along with the hypocrites who
    brought her to Him that day, if they didn’t thereafter repent of their sins.

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