Drug mules are not OFWsBy Susan K
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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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