• 805 Filipinos behind bars abroad over drugs


    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday expressed alarm over reports that 805 Filipinos are facing various drug-related charges worldwide and 81 of them are on death row.

    Foreign Affairs spokespersonCharles Jose said they have not been remiss in warning Filipinos not to carry drugs when going to other countries.

    Of the 805 cases, 341 are in Asia Pacific region, 244 in the Middle East and Africa, 116 in the United States and 104 in Europe.

    The figure is based on 2014 statistics and reflects those on death row and also Filipinos facing life imprisonment and term imprisonment.

    Meanwhile, Jose said Philippine Embassy officials in Vietnam met with the two Filipinos who were recently meted death penalty for carrying drugs into the said country.

    “The embassy has been extending assistance to the Filipinos since the time of arrest. Jail visits have been conducted,” he said.

    “We want to assure the families of our countrymen that we will continue to monitor the cases. We will continue to extend legal assistance,” Jose added.

    Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), was found guilty by a Hanoi Court for carrying 18 packets of cocaine weighing 3.4 kilograms.

    Another Filipino, Donna Buenagua Mazon, 39, was sentenced to death in Ho Chi Minh City after being caught with 1.5 kilograms of cocaine in December 2013.

    Vietnam, a communist country, maintains some of the world’s toughest anti-drug laws.


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