A court in Vietnam has sentenced another Filipino to death after she was found guilty of smuggling nearly 1.5 kilograms of cocaine into the communist country in 2013.
The state newspaper Thanh Nien News reported that Donna Buena Mazon, 41, was meted the death sentence by a Ho Chi Minh City court on Friday.
Mazon was arrested on December 31, 2013 after security officials in Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport found two bags of cocaine in her luggage.
She arrived on a Qatar Airways flight from Brazil.
The Filipino woman admitted that she was hired by a certain Precious Rudica as a drug
mule for a fee of $3,000 with flight tickets and visas.
The authorities failed to locate Rudica.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) refused to comment on the incident saying it is still verifying the report.
“I have nothing to say at this time. We are still trying to verify and get more information about the case,” Assistant Secretary and DFA spokesman Charles Jose told The Manila Times on Saturday.
In 2014, Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was also sentenced to death by a Hanoi court for transporting 3.4 kilograms of cocaine from Brazil into Noi Bai International Airport, also in December 2013.
Thanh Nien News quoted Camacho as saying that he smuggled the illicit drugs for a Filipina, named Jessica who was living in Brazil. Jessica promised to find him a job with a monthly salary of $1,000 to $1,500 in the South American country.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest anti-drug laws. Anyone found guilty of possessing more than 600 grams of heroin, or more than 20 kilos of opium, can face the death penalty.
Dozens of foreigners, including Filipinos, have been sentenced to death for drug offenses.