MANILA, Philippines – The lower court of Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia has sentenced a Filipina traveler to life imprisonment for drug trafficking, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Citing a report of the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta, the DFA said the court handed down its decision on January 6.
The DFA did not identify the Filipina, but said she was found carrying 2.4 kilos of heroin on July 12 by the authorities at the Ngurap Rai International Airport in Bali. The suspected drug mule was one of the passengers of an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Citing the Filipina’s case, the DFA on Wednesday reminded Filipino travelers, including migrant workers, about “stiff penalties imposed by other countries on anyone caught carrying illegal drugs.” When traveling overseas, Filipinos are also advised not to accept packages from strangers because they may contain illegal drugs. – Philippine Daily Inquirer