DFA to appeal case of 2 Pinoys on death row in Vietnam


Posted at Sep 01 2014 04:01 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2014 08:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will appeal the death sentence handed down to two Filipinos who smuggled illegal drugs into Vietnam.

The DFA said it will appeal the death sentence and provide further legal assistance to the two Filipinos.

Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was found guilty at a trial in Hanoi last week of carrying 18 packages of cocaine -- totalling some 3.4 kilograms -- to Vietnam from Brazil, the Tien Phong newspaper said.

He was caught with the drugs at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport in 2013.

Donna Buenagua Mazon, also 39, was sentenced to death by a court in southern Ho Chi Minh city earlier this month, after being caught with 1.5 kilograms of cocaine in December 2013.

The DFA said at present there are 81 Filipinos on death row, 45 of them drug related cases, around the world. There are 805 drug trafficking cases involving Filipinos all over the world.

Communist Vietnam maintains some of the world's toughest anti-drug laws. Anyone found guilty of possessing more than 600 grams (20 ounces) of heroin, or more than 20 kilos of opium, can face death.

Dozens of foreigners have been sentenced over drug offences, although it has been decades since a foreign national was executed in the communist country. - With Agence France-Presse