BLAZING THOUGHTS: Heroes or victims? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 13:14

BY Al Kenoh

Bringing prohibited drugs portraying the role of a drug mule or courier into a foreign country is an offense like any ordinary drug trafficking, pushing or peddling penalized by law if caught and arrested.

Unlike here in the Philippines, in China the penalty for drug smuggling is death by lethal injection. You know that the job is dangerous. Your life is at stake for the thousands of dollars paid by international drug syndicates. Our government has nothing to do with the promulgation of the Chinese government because they have their own laws. We have to respect the decision of their court. It would be very unethical for our government to ask them to commute the sentence handed down upon the convicted Filipino.

We have our own drug problem in our land. Our government is spending millions of pesos every year to finance the operations against the drug menace. The PDEA and other agencies including drug related organizations are coordinating their efforts in running after drug lords, traffickers, pushers and peddlers. Despite of the strong resistance encountered, suffering casualties at times, they remained relentless in the pursuit  of their mission to eradicate the problem of prohibited drugs.

However, some obstacles are quite inevitable in this kind of society we live in. One is the interpretation of the laws which, most often than not, causes a rift between the law enforcers and prosecutors. Some of those arrested and accused in drug cases have been released to the dismay of the arresting officers for reasons still a puzzle. Several shabu laboratories allegedly owned and managed by Chinese drug lords have been raided, but arrested only the workers while the Chinese have escaped mysteriously. Some arrested drug users claimed that the confiscated sachets of shabu were only planted and the operatives were allegedly demanding a sum of money for settlement. These are some examples of the obstacles exposed in news reports that in any way make us different from the Chinese in dealing with the drug problem.

If you recall, last March three Filipinos have been executed for drug trafficking in China. The 35-year old Filipino who is the latest to die by lethal injection was arrested while carrying 1,5 kilos of heroin. According to news reports, he was too good to be a drug mule— a former SK chairman, member of the church choir, the only bread winner of the family and so generous with his neighbors. While he was detained for three years, his mother, a widow, has been bedridden in their hometown in Bataan. It’s so unfortunate, but the law is the law no matter how harsh.

Remember — there are other OFWs who were convicted to die or be in prison and those detained in jail for a long time now not because of drugs. They only fought back in self-defense for they were maltreated, abused or molested or they ran away from their bullish employers, but arrested without listening to their pleas.

They need legal assistance to be free. They want to come back home especially this Christmas.

So sad— many of our fellowmen who are helpless victims of circumstances languishing in jails out there in foreign lands.
Are they heroes or victims?