DFA, PDEA take decisive action on 'drug mules'

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Esteban B. Conejos Jr. said the Philippines is undertaking comprehensive and proactive measures to address the 'drug mules' issue and prevent the further victimization of Filipinos by international drug syndicates.

"We are working in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the operational law enforcement aspects, as well as with authorities in our neighboring countries," Undersecretary Conejos stated in a joint press conference with PDEA Director General Dionisio R. Santiago held at the PDEA in Quezon City.

Undersecretary Conejos reminded Filipinos to be extra wary of accepting offers from individuals or groups to carry illegal drugs in their luggages or on their person when going abroad. He noted that drug smuggling usually carries harsh penalties in most countries.

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