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Drug Mule Syndicates are Banned in the Philippines

Updated on December 28, 2014 / A Philippine National Police Anti-Narcotics agent guards Robert Tan, one of four alleged drug traffickers who were arrested with six wooden crates of drugs worth $30 Million. / A Philippine National Police Anti-Narcotics agent guards Robert Tan, one of four alleged drug traffickers who were arrested with six wooden crates of drugs worth $30 Million.
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Dreams ...

of earning money to buy good food; of sending children to school to finish college; of building a decent house; of owning farm lots to till; of starting small family business and of supporting parents and helping siblings,

Drive ...

Filipinos to leave loved ones; to leave homeland, to places far and near; to the 4 corners of the globe; to unchartered Middle East countries, bearing pangs of homesickness,

Some ...

are lucky they realized fortune; some aren't, misfortunes hound them; some are blessed they send cash home; the less lucky ones end up in distress while others swallow everything hook, line and sinker; illegal recruiter's sweet convincing words for them to smuggle drugs.

Problematic ...

OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) or OCWs (Overseas Contract Workers) are lured and offered $500 to $2,500 as drug mules to carry prohibited drugs to China, Hong Kong and Macau; they conceal drugs in bags, shoes, clothes and luggage, inside soles of slippers, stuffed into fabric buttons of clothes and T-shirts immersed in liquified illegal drug; they even allow syndicate to sew drugs inside their abdominal cavities and aren't ashamed of tucking condom-full of drugs inside genitals,

Unwittingly ...

Filpino Drug Mules are nabbed at destination point's, airports; they aren't aware of special x-ray machines that can detect contraband even sewed inside humans; their ready-made alibis are brushed aside and not honored; poor OFWs their dreams are broken, they land in jails, imprisoned and await doomsday in death rows.

Drug Mules sentenced to death and incarcerated are increasing

NO less than Vice President NOLI DE CASTRO bared that Filipino Drug Mules arrested in 2007 and 2008 reached 46 which is classified as follows: 22 were sentenced to death and now in death row; 12 meted life sentence; 11 meted prison term of 15 to 16 years and 1 died of poisoning after swallowing the drug.

According to official Report, 62 Filipinos are currently in death row in China for drug-related offences. Of this figure, 53 are women and 9 men.

Under Chinese law, trafficking 50 grams up of prohibited drugs is punishable by 15 years in prison, life imprisonment or death.


(1) OFWs are reminded from bringing "PADALA" without opening the package to insure that no illgal drugs are concealed therein;

(2) Don't be enticed by sweet-talking syndicates in letting you bring drugs to China, Hong Kong, Macau, etc. Don't accept bribe money;

(3) International Drug Syndicate have already reached Philippines shores. Lately in Pampanga, alert NBI operatives has busted a WEST AFRICAN DRUG RING where 4 syndicate members 3 Africans, a Filipina were nabbed, saving in the process 3 Filipino would-be drug mules.

(4) No Intervention policy of the Philippine government. Vice President and Presidential Adviser on OFWs NOLI DE CASTRO said the Philippine government maintains a "no intervention" policy on drug related cases involving Filipino abroad, including those jailed for drug trafficking in China. It is very clear, If a Filipino intends to get involved in drug trafficking, he will be on his own. The government will not intervene for his freedom if caught.


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      nick071438 3 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Syazban, I would like to inform you that I'm not a Filipino-American as can be gleaned from my address. If you interpret it to say that my style of writing is to disparage or criticise fellow Filipinos' lifestyle and mentality, you are I think mistaken. My purpose in saying something about the modus operandi of drug syndicate and the involvement of Filipino drug mules that were lured is far from giving them a bad name, but more to caution others not to copy them so that they'll not end up in China's death row. I hope I made myself clear and thanking you for commenting.

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      Syazban 3 years ago

      I'm sure there's a better way to protome that brown is beautiful to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines without disparaging them for their lifestyle and mentality. I understand your intention of wanting to incite for the purpose of change, but why is it that a lot of criticism against Filipino culture, behavior, way-of-life, etc., comes from Filipino-Americans living in the U.S.?Yes, it bothers me that many Filipinos want to have light skin. It also bothers me that a lot of Filipinos who are poor spend their hard-earned pesos at Harrison Plaza buying stupid knick-knacks (including those skin-whitening products) instead of putting it in savings. And don't even get me started on the rampant corruption going on over there...It's presumptious and arrogant for us to assume that our Brown brothers and sisters in the Philippines will rally behind us and cry, "Brown is beautiful! Down with white images of beauty!" This is not their cause, it's ours'. No offense, but this is something that middle-class, Asian-Americans, have the privelege of complaining about. And that's a good thing! Despite all the frustrations of being a minority here in the U.S., I would not trade it for a life in the Philippines, even a priveleged life over there. I love being an American.But we have to remember that there is a perception that Filipino-Americans, having had the "privelege" of living outside the Philippines, are somehow better than their counterparts in the Philippines. And a lot of Filipino-Americans believe that way too. And that's why it looks bad when a Filipino-American disparages Filipinos or life in the Philippines when they're speaking from a totally different POV. Lastly, IMO, I find it annoying when Filipinos get mocked for having a terrible accent when trying to speak English. Imagine how we must sound when we're trying to talk Tagalog and totally butchering it, or worse, speaking Taglish! But again, due to forces way bigger than us, a Filipino butchering English with his Filipino accent is not as "cute" as a Filipino-American butchering Tagalog with his American accent. Go figure!

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      nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I was happy to have you visited my hub THE FILIPINO DRUG MULE SYNDICATE STORY and thanking you so much for posting a valuable advice for fellow Filipinos and the world at large to deter from indulging in drug trafficking.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      A good reminder to our fellow countrymen nick071438. This is becoming a very big problem. Among the warnings I wish to add is that if an offer sounds to good to be true, it isn't. There's going to be a catch involved and it's liable to get you in trouble. A significant number of those caught were carrying around 3-4 kilos of the stuff. There is no way you can plead that you didn't know what you were asked to carry if you smuggled in that amount. The authorities will simply not believe that you are not aware that you were carrying 3-4 kilos of contraband. That's already a third of your baggage allowance.