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Filipinos in China death row should serve as a wake-up call


The suffering of 78 Filipinos facing the death sentence in China due to  drug smuggling "should serve as a wake-up call" to overseas Filipino workers and other Filipino travelers, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Sunday.

"No amount of money can ever justify taking the risks involved in breaking the law," DFA spokesman J. Eduardo Malaya told the Inquirer. "At the end of the day, we should take responsibility for our own actions and at the very least, be always on guard against inducement."

He again reiterated to Filipinos traveling overseas not  to be a victim of international drug trafficking syndicates."

"Refrain from bringing any package for others, even supposed new employers or friends," said Malaya.

During a press briefing earlier, he said  that "many Filipinos, mostly women, continue to fall prey to international drug syndicates as drug mules."

Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in Makati City tells Filipinos and other foreign nationals traveling to China to observe Chinese laws and stop from engaging in drug trafficking and other drug-related crimes because they would be punished by Chinese judicial authorities if caught.

Under Chinese law, smuggling of 50 grams or more of heroin or other illegal drugs is punishable with a jail term of at least 15 years, life imprisonment or death.