PDEA reiterates anti-drug advisory for all Filipino travelers

April 23, 2010 8:06 pm 

MANILA, April 23 – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Friday renews call for Filipino workers overseas, including seafarers, to take precautionary measures against involvement in illegal drug smuggling ort traffiking.

PDEA Director General Dionisio R. Santiago reiterated the agency's previous travel advisories after receiving a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about the execution of a Japanese national in China on April 6, 2010.

The Philippine Embassy in Beijing reported that the unnamed Japanese national was caught smuggling 2.5 kilos of narcotics from China to Japan in 2006.

The PDEA is designated as the Chairman of the multi-agency Task Force on Drug Couriers (TFDC), which was created under Administrative Order No. 279 by the country’s anti-drug czar, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The DFA co-chairs the task force.

Santiago expressed deep concern over the increasing number of Filipinos, who are wittingly or unwittingly enticed by West African Drug Syndicates (WADS) members to become drug couriers. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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