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Philippines to appeal Filipina’s death sentence in China


DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines— Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has asked his Chinese counterpart to spare a Filipino woman facing execution for trafficking six kilograms (13 pounds) of heroin into the country, officials said Thursday.

The 35-year-old woman is scheduled to be executed anytime between Thursday and July 2, and her family is preparing to travel to China for what could be their final meeting, said Raul Hernandez, spokesman for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

He told reporters that the woman was arrested at the Hangzhou International Airport in January 2011 along with a Filipino man. She traveled as a tourist and has been convicted of hiding the heroin in her luggage. Her companion was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.

Hernandez quoted Chinese authorities as saying that the woman had trafficked illegal drugs to China 18 times since 2008 and was paid $3,000 to $4,000 per trip. She pleaded not guilty but the evidence against her was overwhelming, Hernandez said.

He said Aquino’s letter asking for President Xi Jinping to commute her death sentence to life imprisonment will be delivered later Thursday.

China has previously ignored such appeals and executed four Filipino drug convicts in 2011.

Relations between the Philippines and China have been strained over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, but Hernandez said that the Philippines respects Chinese laws and the verdict of the Supreme People’s court.

“The Philippine government itself has a strong anti-illegal drug policy and is closely cooperating with law enforcement agencies in China and other countries in efforts against drug trafficking,” he said.

The Philippines does not have the death penalty, while China executes more people than any other country. It keeps the data strictly secret, and no reliable estimates on its number of executions are available.


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Tags: China , Death Penalty , Department of Foreign Affairs , DFA , Illegal Drugs , Philippines

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “the woman had trafficked illegal drugs to China 18 times since 2008 and was paid $3,000 to $4,000 per trip”

    So she earned an average income of $12,600 per year since 2008 whereby her employment and life would be literally terminated after 5 years. Bad job offer.

  • blue_lights

    She trafficked heroin 18 times? Why is the government trying to save this person?

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy should know how these Chinese bullies think because he is one himself. With that said, the Chinese President is not likely to honor Pnoy’s request. That’s just how bullies are against their opponents

  • Allen Douglas

    No need for the APPEAL. If indeed, they’re guilty of drug trafficking, then these Pinoys must suffer the consequencies of their action. But to be FAIR, can our authorities also HANG these INTSIK KWAKANGS who have been manufacturing drugs in Pnas and who are also guilty of drug trafficking?



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