Pinay was kept in Malaysia for drug trafficking ; Palace claims she could be innocent


Malaysian authorities have detained a Filipina at a house in Kota Kinabalu for supposedly trafficking more than 5.9 kilograms of shabu, a press report said.

The 32-year-old Filipina, whose name was not recognized in the Malaysian newspaper The Star’s report, could face the death sentence if discovered guilty of the charges.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a declaration that the Philippine government will extend free legal help to the Philippines.

Panelo stated that she could be an innocent courier, not a drug pusher or drug trafficker. If she is found guilty unfairly by the Malaysian court, then they can avail of legal remedies available under the Malaysian legal system to exonerate her.

But if proof shows she’s deeply engaged in drug trafficking, then they will let the law take its course.

The report said the Sabah police raided a house in Manggatal town on Tuesday where the Filipina was arrested. Police also confiscated 5.4 kilograms of illegal drugs from a vehicle and the remainder were placed in tea packets.

The Sabah police said the illegal drugs belonged to a person who stays at big and was expected to be sold on the local market.

Earlier this year, Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza said there were 48 Filipinos on the death row in Malaysia executing offenders convicted of significant offenses by hanging.

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