Susan Ople and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

September 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

Susan Ople with Pasay Press Corps

Susan Ople with Pasay Press Corps

Just this week, Susan “Toots” Ople had a rare chance of meeting members of the Pasay Press Corp. The convenor of the Blas F. Ople Labor Policy Center, Toots has been extremely active in helping OFWs in distress. She recently helped a Filipina escape a tragic death in the Middle East and you can read all about it at Filipino News Network (http://www.filipinonewsnetwork.com).

She guested at the weekly media forum organized by Southern Metro Manila reporters led by their charming president Ariel Fernandez of RMN News Manila. One of the hot topics was drug smuggling.

Toots Ople revealed an increasing number of Filipinas and Overseas Filipino Workers being made as “drug couriers” by big-time drug syndicates here. Ople said, a Filipina was arrested in Malaysia for smuggling 5 kilograms of cocaine, which she hid in her stomach. The Filipina was arrested after Malaysian authorities found the drugs inside her body.

There are an alarming number of OFWs arrested and put to jail in China for drug smuggling. Toots said, China has the most stringent anti-drugs laws and despite efforts by the Center to save these Filipinos convicted of drug smuggling in China, it remains extremely hard for the Center to ask for clemency. More than 300 or so OFWs are imprisoned in many countries around the world, accused of drug smuggling. And the number stands to rise if government will not put a stop into this illegal activity.

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