Filipinos in Qatar warned against being used as “drug mules”

May 19, 2010

The Philippines embassy in Doha has warned Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Qatar against being used as “drug mules” or couriers of prohibited drugs.

In a circular addressed to leaders of the Filipino community, the embassy called for greater awareness among all Filipinos to avoid being lured by international drug syndicates during their home vacation and warned them of the grave risks facing those who allow themselves to become “drug mules.”

The circular was based on a press release issued by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that exposed the illegal activities by international drug syndicates after a successful crackdown through an operation in the Philippines dubbed “Operation Homerun” conducted by the DFA’s Task Force on Drug Couriers (TFDC).

According to the report, the syndicates have been luring unsuspecting vacationing OFWs on their way back to their host countries and used them as couriers of prohibited drugs being secretly slipped out of the Philippines.

Cresecente Relacion, Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, however said there had been no Qatar-based OFWs among those arrested in the continuing TFDC drive at the international airports in the Philippines.

“But just the same, we ask our countrymen to remain extra vigilant and careful from falling into these traps,” Relacion told the daily.

Relacion said some of the cases discovered by the TFDC were Filipinas going to China and who were lured as drug mules.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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