DFA confirms 2 Filipinos nabbed in Hong Kong for drug smuggling try

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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. AFP File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – They never learn.

Two Filipinos have been arrested in Hong Kong for attempting to smuggle 14.5 kilograms of illegal drugs out of the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Tuesday.

“Two Filipinos, aged 27 and 31, were found to be carrying 14.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in false compartments in their suitcases,” DFA spokesman assistant secretary Raul Hernandez told reporters.

They were arrested July 28 in the Hong Kong airport and were bound for Clark, Pampanga.

“The drugs would have had a street value of $1.4 million or around P60 million,” he said citing a report received by the Philippine Consulate General from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department.

No formal charges have been filed in court against the two Filipinos yet but another hearing has been scheduled in October, he said.

The two, possibly sisters, would face a possible life imprisonment if found guilty of drug trafficking, Hernandez added.

The Philippines will extend the appropriate consular assistance for the Filipinos, he said.

Crystal methamphetamine creates a feeling of euphoria and increased confidence but hallucinations and paranoia are potential side-effects. It has become a drug of choice for young addicts in Asia.

Under Hong Kong law, manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of five million Hong Kong dollars.

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  • barry p

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    There is no such thing as innocent people involved in trafficking of illegal drugs. Nationality is irrelevant when it comes to drug crimes. I do not care if you’re a Filipino, if you are involved in trafficking illegal drugs you are no different from other drug criminals of different nationalities. You deserved to be brought to justice and receive whatever punishment forthcoming.

    Drug trafficking is death trafficking. Drug trafficking is rape and murder trafficking. Drug traffickers are facilitators of destroyed lives, purveyor of evil.

    The government must stop wasting resources and time advocating for convicted drug criminals abroad. While I may agree that the government should provide consular help (during justice proceedings) for those caught – the government must distance itself once there is already a conviction and sentencing. Once convicted that’s it, tapos na ang obligasyon ng gobyerno. Huwag magpadala sa mga kamaganak, leftist groups at epal na politiko.

    These people were about to bring to the country death and destruction in the form of 14.5 kgs of shabu. IMAGINE the many lives, Filipino lives, that were about to be destroyed by that amount of shabu. We should thank and congratulate the Hong Kong authorities for preventing that from happening.

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    • bicolokano

      HAHA, hanggang isa lang vote up.. definitely agree sir – regardless of their circumstances – they chose to ignore the thousands of lives – filipino lives – they’ll ruin just to get out of their “situation”.

    • desi derata

      Succintly written. Let us wait for “heto na ang beer mo” Binay.

    • barugokid

      only time i applauded martial law was when lim seng was executed by firing squad. authorities should seriously consider re-instating capital punishment for drug trafficking

  • entong

    hayaan na yan maraming naghihirap sa bansa natin pero hindi pa rin sila gumagawa ng masama o labag sa batas… yang mga nahuli na yan.. eh negosyo na nila yan…

  • divictes

    Let’s make China do the dirty works for us___send all drug pushers and dealers to China.

    • Tambakol

      It’s already happening. Iyong checked in luggage sa NAIA…hindi nadedetect ang drugs..siguro pinulutan iyong drug sniffing dogs. Lusot kaya bahala na iyong destination airport…Malas lang kung bansa na hindi kumakain ng aso ang airport na destinasyon ng drug mules na Pinoy o Pinay. Haha

  • victor1052

    If the sisters are beautiful, they will be sexually molested and pimped by our embassy officials. Imagine the dangers these poor drug mules face in the pursuit of riches.

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