Filipino Man Convicted for Drug Trade in Hawaii Fears Death in Philippines Once Deported

A Filipino green card holder in the United States serving time for selling illegal drugs is fighting a deportation order for fear he might killed in the Philippines.

Citing the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs that claimed thousands of lives, Herbert Carino, 31, spent eight years in jail for selling crystal meth, Hawaii News Now reported.

However, a year after his release in 2011, Carino, who now works as a commercial truck driver, was issued a deportation order given his status as a convicted felon while holding a U.S. green card.

Carino said he and his fiance, Margaret, fear for his life if ever he’s sent back to the Philippines. His lawyer, Gary Singh, said his life would be in jeopardy if deported because of his crime and the current anti-drug climate in the Philippines.

The Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign dubbed “Oplan Tokhang” has been blamed for over 8,000 deaths of mostly drug suspects in the hands of either policemen or motorcycle-riding vigilantes.

Carino, who has two children, is currently out on bail after he was taken into custody and held at the Federal Detention Center in December, the report said.

An immigration judge was asked to reconsider his case using the United Nations Convention Against Torture, an international human rights treaty against “torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

If he loses his case, Carino plans to take his case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which could issue a decision in a year or two, the report said.