Binay mercy trip to Beijing hangs

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay was still awaiting confirmation on Saturday of his scheduled trip to Beijing Sunday in an attempt to appeal to China to stay the execution of a Filipino drug mule.

Sources privy to Binay’s travel plans told the Inquirer that two aides supposed to join Binay on the trip had yet to be issued visas to enter China.

Sources who asked not to be identified said China seemed determined to carry out the death sentence and appeared not too keen to accommodate the Vice President and his team.

China’s Supreme People’s Court on June 26 upheld the death penalty on the Filipino woman arrested at the international airport in Hangzhou in January 2011 for trying to smuggle in more than six kilos of heroin. The Chinese court set the execution for “anytime” between June 27 and July 2.

Binay’s office had announced on Friday that the Vice President, who is also the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino concerns, would leave for Beijing on Sunday to personally communicate the Philippines’ request for the commutation of the death penalty on the 35-year-old Filipino woman.

President Aquino had instructed Binay to hand deliver his letter of appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Aquino’s letter cites humanitarian reasons for asking the Chinese government to defer the Filipino’s execution.

The woman, a mother of two, is known to reside in Metro Manila but no other details about her have been publicly released.

In March 2011, China executed Filipino drug convicts Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Elizabeth Batain despite similar appeals from the government. Binay had flown to China a month earlier to personally plead for the Filipinos’ lives.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had no updates on arrangements for the Filipino woman’s family to see her at the Hangzhou prison, where she has been jailed for more than two years now.

She was arrested with her 27-year-old cousin, who was also found to have more than six kilos of heroin in his possession. He was also sentenced to death but was given a two-year reprieve within which he may yet reduce his sentence to life imprisonment if he maintains good behavior, the DFA earlier said.

The woman was known to have been recruited by a Nigerian national as a drug courier in 2007. The DFA said Chinese authorities found evidence that she had carried illegal drugs into China 18 times between 2008 and 2011, earning $3,000 to $4,000 per successful trip.

There are 213 drug cases involving Filipino nationals in China, with 28 convicted to death but given two years to behave and seek commutation of their sentences to life imprisonment. Some 67 others are serving life sentences; 107 are in jail for various terms while 10 are still facing trial.

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  • sanjuan683

    Sinasayang mo naman ang gastos sa pagpunta sa China. Di mo ba alam ginagawa nila hanapbuhay yan drug trafficking. Hayan mo sila bitayin alam naman nila may kaparusahan na mabigat. Huag ka na makialam sa batas ng China dahil hindi ka naman Intsik, (dahil walang Intsik na maitim) kung ayaw mo pakialaman ng China ang Pinas ay huag ka makialam sa batas nila. Kung isang daan ang bibitayin sa China ibig mo sabihin isang daan beses ka rin pupunta sa China, sobra ka na sayang ang gastos.

    • niceguy60

      Pwede na sana yung the rest of the comment pero di ko lang maintindihan diyan sa yo kung bakit kelangan banggittin pa yung skin complexion. Are you racist? You sounds like. Original Filipinos are mostly brown or dark brown colours. So what is wrong with having dark complexion?

  • getreal911

    How funny govt officials who coddles wrongdoing! 18x in and out of china, for what? China govt executes anyone without exemptions when their laws are grossly violated, locals or foreigners. They also show mercy by giving a reprieve depending on the situations of the crime committed and that should be enough. I smell VPBinay will only do sightseeing and shopping in glitzy Shanghai, the city bigger and have more sky scrappers than New York or in vibrant Beijing. VPBinay might have discovered alluring, modern societies in China with history and knowledge much of it still unknown to many pinoys and outsiders. Victor1052 and others are exactly right, Pinas is a laughing stock of the world, maybe worse than an average african country. Slowly but surely some african nations allied with china are now edging Pinas.

    • getreal911

      VPBinay’s trip could be more about business since Hangzhou is one of the manufacturing hub of east China and very near Shanghai. Thousands of manufacturing companies are found in Hangzhou like in Shenzhen. Now its summer in China and people are strolling in the parks, lakes swimming, dancing exercise am or pm, singing in the park, playing cards in the street, flying kites, roller skating, jogging, etc. It’s a busy and vibrant society in China especially in cities.

  • batangpaslit

    I cannot understand this.

    The second highest elected of the land is going to spend his time and Philippine resources to save the life of the illicit drug dealer, while the legitimate OFW victims cannot be given assistance with airfare to come home?

    • Jake Lopez

      haven’t you heard of “pogi points”? Concern for a fellow Pinoy = 1 point, saving a life = 1 point, concern for our OFW =1 point. Plus 2 points from the Catholic Church ..hhooohhuummm.

      • batangpaslit

        Rene, saludo ako sa ‘yo for your ability to make light an otherwise gruesome development.
        Thank you for giving me a loud guffaw.
        Wala na nga tayong magawa kung ganito ang quality ng decision making ng ating gobyerno….”pogi points”, eh?

  • mabyrik

    Save the drug victims…Jail the pushers…kill the drug protector Binay!!!

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Kaya yung mga chekwa dito nagiinvest ng illegal drugs business nila sa Pinas. Kasi masyadong maawain sa drugpusher mga enforcers ng Pinas. IBALIK ANG BITAY.

  • GMMTC11

    Maputik or maipot kakapit tong hayp na to para lang maging presidente.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    JEJOMAR BINAY AND FAMILY CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL

    1.Unexplained wealth 400 hectares Binay FARM-Rosario Batangas

    2. Unexplained wealth 40 hectares Binay FARM-Bauan Batangas

    3. Unexplained wealth 10 hectares Mango Orchard

    4.Two condominium units Rockwell worth 30 million not on his SALN

    5.Three story Mansion with Elevator in Banuyo Street,San Antonio Village and not on his SALN

    6.House and lot Orbit st.Bel -Air Village and not on his SALN

    7.House and Lot in Palm Village,Guadalope Viejo and not on his SALN

    8.Rest House in Tali Beach,Batangas

    9.Rest House in Puerto Azul,Cavite

    10.Rest House in Tagaytay,Highlands

    11.Rest House in Alfonso Cavite

    12.Rest House in Zambales

    13.Rest House in Pangasinan

    14.More houses in Paranaque, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Muntinglupa

    15.600 Ghost Employee authorized by corrupt wife,Dra Elenita Binay and Amigas worth 3 million a month

    16. Binay wife linked to Php72.06-M graft

    A FORMER whistleblower in high-profile graft corruption controversies turned-head of government’s financial watchdog linked the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, an incumbent and several former Makati City officials to alleged deception in the public bidding for a Php72.06 million supply contract awarded by the city government in 2001.

    17. Sandiganbayan graft case

    Elenita Binay’s (and private businessmen Li Yee Shing, Jason Li and Vivian M. Edurise, and Ernesto Aspillaga’s) arraignment for graft charges was set by the Sandiganbayan’s 4th Division on January 18, 2008. Binay was charged of alleged anomalous purchase of office fixtures and furniture for the new Makati City Hall from private contractor Office Gallery International from December 1999 to February 2000, regarding the acquisitions worth P 13.25 million overpriced by P3.6 million.

    18.Bogus charity Project-40 Million (sister cityhood )

    19. Bogus charity Project-27 Million calamity fund to other Provinces

    20. Bogus charity Project-22 Million Lakbay Aral Package

    21. . Bogus charity Project-20 Million Ambulance to other Cities

    22. 230 Million Infomercial in TV 2009-Present.He used the Makati Foundation Day Funds

    23. 15 Million -Komiks for Vice President Campaign

    24.More illegal canteen Businesses in Makati(UM,CITY HALL)

    25 Security Services Company contract to the city Hall own by the Son in Law(Triforce security Agency)

    26. Maintenance Services another son in Law(Red Hammer construction and Services)

    27. Binay mistress’ photos surface the internet

    • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

      Ganda ng kuha ni Tisay and Nog-nog diyan sa avatar mo ah. .

      • ztefertilizerscam10

        yan ang kabit ng corrupt na Vice Nognog…

      • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

        Kalat na kalat yan sa youtube.
        Sa mga gustong magsalik-sik sa madilim na sulok, check youtube.

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      Why is he not being investigated for ill-gotten wealth?

    • Imeldita

      All of that will come out in 2015, before the election year. BInay will not be a president, i tell you.

      Pls include the thousand of hectares in Mindanao.

  • justin

    Hand over spratlys and we will not execute the mule

  • malakias cruz

    This trip of BINAY is just a waste of government funds. He should have spent these funds for law abiding OFWs instead of spending on these drug mules. . .this trip is useless and is only for political propaganda. . .

  • Jake Lopez

    I guess instead of us talking to each other about topics we are already aware of, why don’t we educate the gullible masses, sila yung mga bumoboto ng popular na pangalan, sila yung madaling bolahin. Ipaliwanag natin sa kanila na kaya sila mahirap ay sa dahilang ayaw talaga ng swapang sa power na umunlad sila para madali silang bolahin. Kung yung isang dating presidente Mr. 10% ang tawag, itong si Binay Mr.20%…mas swapang pa! This I was told by 3 would be suppliers to the City of Makati, isang medical supplies, isang office equipment, isang office supplies na garapalan na ang sabihan na “20% po ang dapat ninyo overprice”.

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