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The way Philippine government officials again tried to intercede for a convicted Filipino drug mule facing death sentence in China, it would not be surprising if other countries see the Philippines as a nation that tolerates drug couriers. If the situation were reversed, it is most unlikely that Chinese government officials would ask the Philippine government to bend its laws for the sake of a convicted Chinese felon. The two countries have different sets of laws and one should respect the other in the manner by which they are being enforced.
THE RECENT acquittal by the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City of one of the so-called Alabang Boys earlier charged with violation of the Comprehensive Anti-Drug Abuse Law comes in the heels of the acquittal of other “Alabang Boys” by the Regional Trial Court of Muntinlupa.
It was happening right under everyone’s nose. In January alone, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided not one but three drug dens in the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City. The drug dens were manned by Chinese nationals and were extremely busy producing methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu.” It is hard to imagine that massive amounts of the dangerous drug were being produced in the ritzy neighborhood of designer homes and expansive, manicured lawns. “The neighborhood had no idea that something was going on,” said Evangeline Almenario, PDEA’s public information chief. “There were no signs that something like that was happening inside.”
The recent release of former Rep. Ronald Singson from a Hong Kong prison after serving sentence for dangerous drugs possession provides a stark contrast between the laws of the Philippines and those of Hong Kong. Singson was released after spending only 18 months in prison. In the Philippines, illegal possession of shabu weighing less than five grams is punishable by imprisonment from 12 years and one day to 20 years; if the quantity is more than 10 grams but less than 50 grams, the penalty is life imprisonment.