A Filipina was arrested in Hong Kong after authorities found cocaine in her luggage upon her arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose confirmed to Balitanghali on Friday.
Jose said the Filipina, whom she did not identify, came from the Philippines. It was not immediately clear how she slipped past the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with the contraband in her luggage.
“Yun pong anggulong yan dapat din po talagang maimbestigahan ng drug enforcement agency o law enforcement para po matukoy kung papaano po ang nangyari dito,” Jose said.
Hong Kong authorities seized 720 grams of cocaine with a street value of at least HK$750,000 from the Filipina, who, according to Jose, told the Philippine Consulate that she did not know there were illegal drugs in the bag that somebody from Manila asked her to bring to Hong Kong.
“Nagpakilala po ‘yan na, I think, African national kung tama po yung- Nagbigay na po siya ng preliminary statement sa atin pong consulate kaya ito pong mga nakuha pong information ng ating konsulado,” Jose said.
The Filipina already faced court for the reading of her charges and is awaiting the start of her trial and bail hearing.
“Ang judge po ang magde-decide niyan kung bailable po pero serious offense itong drug trafficking sa Hong Kong so it remains to be seen kung sa kanyang bail hearing bibigyan siya ng judge ng temporary liberty by posting bail,” Jose said.
The Philippine Consulate will offer the Filipina consular and legal assistance throughout the ordeal, Jose said
Jose then reminded Filipinos leaving the country regardless of their labor status to take precautions and refuse deals to become drug couriers regardless of the rewards.
“‘Wag pong magpapagamit sa mga sindikato o kahit sa mga kakilala. ‘Wag pong masisilaw sa pinapangakong gantimpala dahil ang drug trafficking ay serious offense po sa ibang bansa, especially sa mga bansa na may death penalty,” he said.