“Drug queen” remains to be cremated — BuCor

Published May 12, 2021, 9:04 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Yu Yuk Lai

The remains of convicted “drug queen” Yu Yuk Lai, who died last Tuesday, May 11, at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, will be cremated, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said on Wednesday, May 12.

BuCor said Yu succumbed to heart attack that was triggered by her coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

In an announcement of Yu’s death, BuCor Deputy Director General Gabriel P. Chaclag said she had been confined in the hospital since May 4 until her death.

Chaclag said the diagnosis was “acute myocardial infarction, COVID-19 Confirmed Critical.”

Yu was convicted of illegal drugs charges in 2001 by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) for and was sentenced to life imprisonment. She had been detained at the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City.

Aside from Yu, other high-profile inmates who had died due to COVID-19 infections were Jaybee Sebastian, Amin Imam Boratong, Eugene Ho Chua, Francis Go, Benjamin Marcelo, Sherwin Sanchez, Willy Yang, Shuli Lim Zhang, and Hung Kin Sing also known as Jimmy Ang.