MANILA: Two senior government officials on Thursday sought a crackdown against foreign illegal drug recruiters following the execution of a 35 year-old Filipina arrested for smuggling about six kilogrammes of high grade heroin into China in January 2011.
In his Facebook account, Vice President Jejomar Binay said the crackdown should focus on the activities of a Nigerian drug syndicate blamed for recruiting the woman, the fifth Filipino to be sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling. Secretary Leila de Lima of the Department of Justice also announced she ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to identify the Nigerian national who reportedly recruited the Filipina for a fee ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 per trip.
But, at the same time, Binay and De Lima reiterated the government appeal for Filipinos not to fall prey to illegal drug recruiters especially foreigners despite the “tempting” fees offered.
“It’s not worth it because you are gambling with your life here,” said Binay, the presidential adviser on the concerns of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“There is no amount,” Binay added, “that is worth your life.”
De Lima joined Malacanang Palace officials and Binay in condoling with her family but she said the execution of the drug mule in China on Wednesday should also serve as a lesson to all Filipinos.
GMA News earlier reported that the remains of the Filipina were flown to Manila a few hours after she was executed by lethal injection in China.