“I am very sorry, tatay and nanay” – Those were the words of 33-year-old Eden Monica Narido, domestic helper, who was caught carrying $2.1 million worth of cocaine.
She then asked for forgiveness in a Facebook page set by her family and friends, which basically aims to spread awareness about the consequences of illegal drug trade.
In a letter, she wrote that she’s very sorry to her nanay and tatay (mother and father) for the embarrassment and burden she has caused her family. She also mentioned that she wanted to look for her nanay and tatay but couldn’t because of her current condition. She also regretted that she overlooked the advices of her parents when she was young and said that being a mother behind cold bars is not an easy one. She also addressed that she miss her family so much, especially her son and that she loves them so much.
Narido was sentenced by High Court Justice Joseph Yau a total of 15 years and 8 months imprisonment for trying to smuggle drugs to Hong Kong last December 4, 2014, 10:15 a.m. at Chek Lap Kok International Airport.
An amount of HK$28,700 or US$3,700 was also found in Narido’s possession when she was arrested but her attorney claimed that it was her own money. The prosecutor denied claims stating that the money might be from selling illegal drugs.
She also said that she has a very rich Arab boyfriend who brought her to different countries like Brazil and some parts of Latin America for sightseeing of different churches but she did not identify her boyfriend.
According to the prosecutor, there were also records showing that Narido actually travelled to other countries, also to the Philippines during her day off and return back to Hong Kong after just a couple of hours.
Upon reaching the X-ray check, custom officers were able to notice abnormally heavy shoes with hidden compartments in the soles of the shoes. A suspected 2.1 kilos of cocaine was concealed in there.
Official laboratory results show that Narido eventually carried 1.882 kilos of illegal drugs (cocaine).
Reports say that the Filipina domestic helper became a drug mule because of another Filipina Jayme and African Bruno that she met in Wan Chai bar. The two allegedly said that many Filipinos like Narido which is why she agreed to bring the shoes after paying HK$3,880.
When Narido had her vacation in the Philippines, she met with Jaime and they gave her the shoes with plane tickets from Hong Kong then back to Manila on that same day.
According to Narido, she suspected that she’s carrying illegal drugs but the type is not known to her.