9 Pinoys serving jail sentences in Cambodia for drug trafficking
Published December 13, 2016 8:52pm
Nine Filipinos are currently serving prison sentences in Cambodia for drug trafficking, a Philippine diplomat there said.
According to Philippine Ambassador to Cambodia Christopher Montero, the nine Filipinos — five male and four female — were arrested upon their arrival in Cambodia from various countries, mostly in South Africa.
He said some of the drugs seized from the Filipino suspects were found in the luggage while some were ingested.
Under Cambodian law, a drug trafficker could face 20 to 30 years behind bars if convicted.
President Rodrigo Duterte, a known anti-illegal drug crusader, flew to Cambodia on Tuesday for a two-day state visit. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Montero could not say if the case of the nine Filipinos or the Philippine government's anti-drug war will be among the topics to be discussed in the bilateral meeting. He said he expects the meeting to be "free flowing."
There is an estimated 23,000 to 75,000 drug users in Cambodia, which has a population of 15.9 million. —KBK, GMA News