Family appeals for kin on death row in Vietnam

By Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2014 09:55 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2014 10:35 PM

MANILA – The family of a drug mule sentenced to death in Vietnam last spoke to their relative in November.

Susana Camacho said she has lost a lot of weight in the months after her son Emanuel was arrested on drug charges in Vietnam last December.

Last Thursday, she received the dreaded news that her 39-year old son had been sentenced to death.

The last time she spoke to him was late November before Emanuel flew to Singapore take a job as a waiter.

Now, she is appealing for government's help in a last ditch effort to save her son from the gallows.

"Kay Presidente (Benigno Aquino III) at kay Vice (Jejomar Binay), sana tulungan ang anak ko na makauwi," said Camacho.

Camacho insists her son did not know that the bag he was carrying into Vietnam contained more than 3 kilos of cocaine, which she says was handed to him by a friend.

"Sinabi ko naman sa kanya huwag kang mag-alala sa mga anak mo. Inaalalayan ko mga anak mo. Lima anak niya puro nagaaral," said his mother.

The family said the Department of Foreign Affairs informed them of Emanuel's death sentence yesterday.

The government has promised to appeal his verdict along with another Filipina sentenced to death, Donna Mazo, who was also caught on drug related charges.

The family hopes that they be allowed to visit and talk to Emanuel in Vietnam.

Vice President Binay has sent a letter to the DFA asking the agency to extend assistance to those on death row in Vietnam and their families.