• Govt at war with human, drug traffickers – Palace

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    The Philippine government has expressed its determination to fight human and drug trafficking and has intensified its efforts in addressing the social and economic menaces.

    According to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the government is beefing up its information and education efforts to ensure that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are aware of the laws of their host countries.

    The government “is intensifying information and education efforts to heighten awareness on the perils posed by human and drug trafficking activities, and to impress upon them [OFWs] the importance of knowing and complying with laws of countries where they are working,” Coloma said in a statement on Thursday.

    “Such efforts are also being conducted in the country’s regions and provinces so that awareness may be attained even while in the country and among the workers’ families,” he added.

    OFW Mary Jane Veloso escaped death by firing squad in Indonesia last Tuesday as a result of new developments in her case that would make her a vital witness against drug-trafficking syndicates.

    Eight other drug trafficking convicts were executed on Indonesia’s execution island also on that day.

    Veloso, a 30-year-old mother of two, faced execution after she was caught in 2010 carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin worth $500,000 in her baggage on her arrival at the Yogyakarta airport from Malaysia.

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