Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto called for a higher fund to give legal aid to the 3,827 Filipinos jailed in 52 different countries and the 130 Filipinos in death row.

Most of the cases found in the report states that the common reason why these 2,265 Filipinos got in legal trouble was because of smuggling of illegal drugs.

Malaysia has the most number of Filipinos jailed due to drug-related cases with 1,131, followed by Saudi Arabia with 459, China with 146, United Arab Emirates with 106, and Italy with 63.

Meanwhile, 473 were Filipino women are currently facing drug charges, with 50 cases in South America, 21 in Brazil and 23 in Peru.

Furthermore, Immigration offenses brought 903 Filipinos behind bars and 658 of them are because of robbery or theft.

Other crimes allegedly committed by Filipinos were homicide, murder, and attempted manslaughter, embezzlement and fraud, physical injury and assault, rape and sexual assault.

However, 1,181 OFWs will be soon sent out of detention and are just waiting for deportation.

“This is just, however, the tip of the iceberg of Filipinos in distress in foreign lands. Sila ‘yung nagkasala. Hindi kasama dito ang mga kababayan nating nabiktima. Di hamak na mas maraming Pilipino ang nakaranas ng pang-aapi or naabuso ang karapatan,” Recto said.

 

Reported by: Francia Kaye Uyvico and Chloe Anne Bual

// F.K.U