• DRUG SMUGGLING

    4 Pinoys arrested in Hong Kong

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    FOUR Filipinos were arrested in Hong Kong in September for allegedly smuggling more than two kilos of prohibited drugs.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said the Filipinos have been given assistance by embassy officials.

    “The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has already visited the arrested Filipino nationals, and is providing appropriate and timely assistance to ensure their welfare and well-being,” Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said.

    No further details were provided by the department, but Jose said the Filipinos allegedly brought 2.49 kilograms of illegal drugs.

    Unlike in China and the Middle East where drug trafficking is punishable by death, Hong Kong does not impose the death penalty on convicted drug peddlers.

    Several Filipinos in China have been executed in the past for drug trafficking.

    BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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