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Nov 29th
PGMA issues AO 279 to protect Filipinos PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 February 2010 23:49
PGMA issues AO 279 to protect Filipinos from being used as drug couriers MANILA, - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued Administrative Order No. 279 creating an inter-agency task force for the prevention of Filipinos being used as drug couriers by international drug trafficking syndicates. In creating the task force, the President said that the state is mandated to promote the welfare of overseas Filipinos pursuant to Republic Act No. 8402, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995. According to her, it is of critical importance that the state safeguard public interest and protect migrant Filipinos from the tactics of international drug trafficking syndicates. ”There is an alarming increase in the number of Filipinos who have been enticed, duped and subsequently recruited to act as drug couriers by international drug trafficking syndicates,” AO 279 noted. It added: ”Many of the Filipinos recruited as drug couriers have been apprehended by police authorities and are now facing stiff penalties, with some of them meted with death sentences by foreign courts.” President Arroyo also stressed in the administrative order the need to conduct an intensive and unrelenting campaign against drug syndicates responsible for victimizing the Filipinos as drug couriers. ”The fight against illegal drugs is a gargantuan task where all available government resources should be utilized and concerned law enforcement agencies must coordinate closely and act jointly to ensure the implementation of a holistic and unified anti-drug program that will address the problem of drug couriers,” she said. The Administrative Code of 1987 provides that the President has the continuing authority to reorganize the administrative structure of the executive branch of the government. Philippine Consulate General 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Tel. (213) 639-0980/Fax (213) 639-0990 Website - Passport - Visa - Dual Citizenship - Legal/Notarials -

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